Sociology has been taught at Tulane since 1895 and the first Masters and Ph.D. degrees were awarded in 1904 and 1924, respectively. Currently, the Sociology Department offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The Departments stated main mission is to focus on urban social problems. Coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels includes: Social theory; social systems; social psychology, child and family studies; gender and sexuality; demography; urban society; medical sociology; social problems; criminology and deviant behavior; social welfare systems; social stratification; sociology of economy and organizations; criminal justice; Latin American social structures; Latin American urban studies; sociology of work; environmental sociology; qualitative and quantitative research methods; political sociology; development studies; social movements; group behavior; statistics; symbolic interaction. Faculty Research interests not included in the above list of topics covered in specific courses includes: economic sociology; Hungarian society/families; public opinion; family law; cultural studies; race relations and ethnicity; health care;; comparative and historical sociology; historical development of the New Orleans Metro Area; Asian immigration issues; sociology of religion. The Department currently has 13 full-time faculty positions and generally employs 3-4 adjunct professors each year as well. Undergraduate Sociology degrees tend to number between 50 and 60 each year, with an average of 3-4 Masters degrees and 2-3 Ph.D. degrees also being awarded each year.
Subject Resource Guide
Selection emphasis includes materials supporting course content in the areas of social theory; social systems; social psychology, child and family studies; gender and sexuality; demography; urban society; medical sociology; social problems; criminology and deviant behavior; social welfare systems; social stratification; sociology of economy and organizations; criminal justice; Latin American social structures; Latin American urban and rural studies; sociology of work; environmental sociology; qualitative and quantitative research methods; political sociology; development studies; social movements; group behavior; statistics; and symbolic interaction. In addition, selection of materials is also guided by faculty research interests in areas including economic sociology; Hungarian society/families; public opinion; family law; cultural studies; race relations and ethnicity; health care; psycholinguistics; comparative and historical sociology; historical development of the New Orleans Metro Area; and Asian immigration issues. Also, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, many other disciplines utilize the materials selected for Sociology. These other disciplines include (but are not limited to) psychology, social work, economics, political science, history, public health, Latin American Studies, business, womenï¿½s studies, environmental studies and law.
Materials sought for the collections include monographs; books in series; bibliographies and other reference works; periodicals. Textbooks are not collected, and Audio-Visual materials are bought only selectively, usually on faculty request.
The majority of materials added to the collections are print and electronic resources, with microforms also collected whenever appropriate, available, and affordable.
English-language materials comprise the majority of those added to the collections, with important works in other major, Western-European languages also considered selectively.
Appropriate subject-related materials treating the period of the mid-20th century to the present are emphasized, with historical works being considered selectively.
The majority of materials added to the collections will be materials published in the last 3-5 years, with an emphasis on the most current titles. Older materials will be added selectively, and out-of-print materials are generally added only to replace items lost or missing from the collections, unless specific requests have been made to fill gaps in the collections.
Materials treating subject areas of interest to the Department with a focus on the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia will form the bulk of the collections, and international, comparative studies are also sought.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Materials added to the collection are acquired through the Blackwell Book Services, Casalini, Puvill, Touzot and Harrassowitz approval plans, as well as directly from individual publishers and other book dealers. Gift materials are added to the collections when appropriate.
At present, no endowed funds are available to augment the Sociology collection development budget.
Materials are routinely selected by examining book notification slips from all of the above-mentioned approval plans, publishers catalogs, fliers, and other announcements. Also, book and journal reviews from the following list of journals are regularly consulted: Choice; Contemporary Sociology; Social Forces; Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Sociology: the Journal of the British Sociological Association; the Jewish Journal of Sociology; the American Journal of Sociology.