Established in 1993, Sociology Department, School of Philosophy and Government, Shaanxi Normal University, is the earliest institute for sociology teaching and studies in Northwest China. Sociology department has a multi-level education system. It is authorized to confer bachelor, master degrees in the first-level discipline of sociology. It is also among the second batch of Chinese institutions authorized to offer the MSW program. Sociology department consists of two institutes respectively Laboratory of Sociology, Social Survey and Social Research Center. Sociology department is committed to constructing a high-level platform for international cooperation and research. It has established mechanisms for effective and sustaining cooperation with world-renowned universities, including Georgia State University, University of Saskatchewan, Chinese University of Hong Kong.