Ibn Haldun’s theoretical breadth and depth underlies the IHU Sociology Department’s approach to its own discipline, which is to engage critically with existing thought systems in order 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 have a critical approach and 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 under- standing the spirit of the times.

Our undergraduate program aims to introduce students to sociology’s basic concepts and debates, and to equip them with an initial capacity for analyzing lo- cal and global problems from a sociological perspective. BA students will have the opportunity of doing double majors or pursuing major-minor courses of study with other departments and pro- grams. Building on that solid basis, our MA and future PhD programs will take students further into the orbit of advanced, in-depth theoretical and methodological discussions as well as ethnographical, historical or comparative research projects. They can then pursue academic careers in various fields of the social sciences, or else find public or private sector employment in a variety of areas.

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