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Department Overview

The Department of Sociology was established as one of the departments of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah at the beginning of the founding of the university in 1997. Since the academic year 2009/2010, it has become one of the departments of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences after its separation from the College of Sciences. The department's vision is to provide distinguished qualitative education that matches local and regional levels and seeks to reach global levels. Through this education, students acquire the scientific knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand social problems and issues in their society, and to contribute effectively to solving them.

Over the past ten years, the department has witnessed steady growth, reflected in the increase in the number of faculty members and students. The Department of Sociology is considered the largest department in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as it constitutes 40% of the number of its students. The department currently offers three programs in sociology: bachelor's, master's, and doctorate.

In the year 2007/2008, the number of female students in the department was estimated at approximately 272, and today it is 1,068 male and female students. As for the number of master's students, when the applied sociology major was opened in 2008/2009, it was 18 male and female students, and today it is 107 male and female students. The doctoral program was also opened with the registration of 15 male and female students, and their number today is 52 male and female students. The number of faculty members was about 7 in 2007/2008, and today it is 21 members.

It should be noted that the sociology major was limited to female students only, but now registrations have been opened for male students as well in the main university building. The department also seeks to open two programs during the coming year, a master's program and a doctoral program in crime and criminal justice.

The Department of Sociology includes faculty members with a high degree of experience, competence, and diversity in research, education, and community service. They work in a harmonious team spirit, which provides students with opportunities to build a solid knowledge base and acquire advanced technical skills to serve the community in various fields.​