Sociology has been taught and practiced on the Arizona campus since the turn of the century. A Department of Sociology was established in 1943, and the first Ph.D. in sociology was awarded in 1972. In 1982, only ten years after Arizona awarded its first Ph.D. in sociology, an assessment of doctoral programs ranked the University of Arizona School of Sociology #9 out of 92 programs in the United States. More recently, the School of Sociology, according to the University of Arizona 2010 NRC-R rankings, is the third highest ranked PhD program among all of the departments that were ranked at the UA. Among sociology PhD programs housed in public institutions we rank #6, and among PhD programs housed in all institutions (public & private) we rank #12.
The School of Sociology currently offers two programs: a BA and a Ph.D., both in sociology. In 2009 the school had 451 undergraduate majors and 63 graduate students in the Ph.D. program.