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 an undergraduate B.A.degree and supports the City, Culture, and Community (CCC) interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Tulane sociologists use a variety of theoretical approaches and research methods to investigate the stucture and processes of groups, organizations, and societies, and are committed to excellence in teaching, providing students at all levels with opportunities to learn valuable, life-long skills in critical thinking, data collection, data analysis, and communicating research to a public audience. The Department currently has 15 full-time faculty positions and generally employs several adjunct professors each year as well. There are typically between 150 and 200 declared sociology majors on campus, but sociology courses remain popular among all undergraduate students.
Subject Resource Guide
Selection in sociology strives to include all areas of sociological research, with special emphasis in materials supporting the courses and research specialties of Tulane students and faculty. These areas of emphasis include child and family studies, criminology and deviant behavior, demography, environmental sociology, gender and sexuality studies, political sociology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, social movements, social theory, and urban studies. While international in scope, the collections also serve the Sociology Department's research strengths in Asian studies and Latin American studies. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, many other disciplines utilize the materials selected for sociology, including (but are not limited to) psychology, social work, economics, political science, history, public health, Latin American Studies, business, gender & sexuality 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 Asia will form the bulk of the collections. International and 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 Check-Out Desk.
Materials added to the collection are acquired through the YBP, 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.