The Department of Sociology at UCSB maintains a multi-level and multi-method approach to social inquiry, with special strength and international visibility in six interrelated areas of research: Conversation Analysis; Culture; Global Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; and Social Movements, Revolutions and Social Change. These areas of research organize, rather than constrain, the extensive research conducted here. UCSB Sociology is ranked Number One in the area of Sex and Gender (2013 US News and World Report) and is among the top ten programs in the Sociology of Culture.