Ibn Haldun’s theoretical breadth and depth underlies the IHU Sociology Department’s approach to the discipline of sociology, which engages critically with existing thought systems to build a new epistemological, ontological, and methodological foundation for intellectual independence. At the same time, through its experienced academic staff, the department seeks to train students who can take a critical stance and who use an interdisciplinary perspective; who are open to new ideas, concepts, and methods; who make the most of a rich and complex historical heritage while also understanding the spirit of the times.
The aim of our undergraduate program is to introduce students to core concepts and debates within the discipline of sociology and to equip students with firm foundation for analyzing, from a sociological perspective, local and global problems. BA students will have the opportunity of studying double majors or pursuing major-minor courses of study in cooperation with other departments and programs at IHU. Building on the solid basis of our undergraduate program, our MA and PhD programs take students further into the orbit of advanced, in-depth theoretical and methodological discussions as well as encouraging students to carry out ethnographical, historical, or comparative research projects. With the knowledge and research abilities students have acquired during their course of study at IHU, successful graduates will be able to pursue academic careers in various fields within the social sciences, or they can use the skills and perspectives they have honed during their course of study in a variety of public or private sector employment areas.