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Diversity in sociology is a key element of the meritocracy of our society, according to a new study by the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo.
The study, “Diversity in Sociology: Meritocracy in the Society of the Spectacle” examines the academic merit of sociology courses and how they compare to traditional, traditionally “upper-middle-class” academic fields.
The University of Iowa, the University, and the Chicago Booth School of Business also provided data on sociology courses offered at top U.S. universities.
The research, which surveyed 5,400 U.s. high school students and 8,000 students at the nation’s top colleges and universities, examined the academic rigor and value of each college’s sociology courses.
The university-based study, which was published in the January issue of the Journal of Educational Psychology, surveyed the courses offered by all three U. of I. universities and by all the top 20 schools.
The survey covered sociology courses from the first semester of freshman year through the second and third years of high school.
The results showed that the U. and the universities were well-represented in the top tier of sociology.
The top 20 were: The University at Chicago: 5,092