The UNLV Department of Sociology combines innovative research with teaching and community service to address questions of social change, diversity, social justice, and sustainability in urban environments.

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We are very sad to announce that Dr. Andrew Spivak, Associate Professor of Sociology, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 due to complications from a rare liver disease. Andrew was a valued colleague and friend to many across the college and university. An award-winning teacher and crime and delinquency scholar, he played vital roles in Sociology as a mentor to many students and a supportive colleague in Sociology, the College of Liberal Arts, and around the university.

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The Department of Sociology is one of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts.