About the Department

The Department of Sociology serves as a hub for many important initiatives while providing quality training in sociology and anthropology. The department offers a B.A. and M.S. in sociology as well as undergraduate minors. Faculty in the department also play a vital role in the newly launched interdisciplinary Disaster Studies M.A program. Internships and faculty-mentored research opportunities are available to students. The department also supports a Sociology Club and recognizes outstanding students through induction into the respective national honor societies: Alpha Kappa Delta and Lambda Alpha.

Contact Information

Dr. William Donner
Department Chair
Edinburg: LABN 344A
Phone: (956) 665-2367
Brownsville: Main 1.440 (Tuesdays 10am-3pm) 
Phone: (956) 882-7313

Dr. Dean Kyne
Disaster Studies Program Coordinator
Edinburg: LABN 343
(956) 665-2572

Dr. Salvatore Restifo
Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator
Edinburg: LABN 333
(956) 665-8798



Mr. Jesus “Jesse” Medina
Administrative Assistant II
Edinburg: LABN 344
(956) 665-8723

Department Locations

Edinburg (main office)
Building: LABN (SBSC)
Room: 344
Address: 1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 665-3321
Office Hours: M-F: 8-12 pm; 1-5 pm

Building: Main
Room: 1.440
Address: One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 882-7313
Dr. Donner's Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 am - 3 pm

Mr. Medina's Dept. Hours: Thursdays 10 am - 3 pm

Note: Dr. William Donner's Brownsville office location is Main Room 1.440. If you would like to contact Dr. Donner by email, you may reach him at william.donner@utrgv.edu .