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Department of Sociology

About Us

The Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon has an unbroken line of descent dating back to when formal courses in sociology were first taught at the University in 1894.  Our primary strengths are in gender, political & economic sociology, and the sociology of the environment. Each year more than 3,000 students enroll in approximately 86 courses offered by the Department of Sociology. The department has about 50 Ph.D. students and 575 undergraduate majors.  Read more about us…

Department News

June 17, 2015

Prof. Light co-authors new study

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that there has already been scientific consensus on same-sex parenting for decades.  The study was led by Jimi Adams, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and published this month in Social Science Research.  Our own Professor Ryan Light co-authored the study.  Click this link for an article about their findings from ThinkProgress.org.

June 2, 2015

Richard York Awarded Distinguished Scholarship Award

Richard York’s paper “The Invisible Animal: Anthrozoology and Macrosociology” has been awarded this year’s distinguished scholarship award from the ASA’s new section on Animals & Society. The paper was coauthored with Philip Mancus (a 2009 UO Ph.D.) and appeared in Sociological Theory.