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Department of Sociology

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…

It’s Back: Minor in Sociology!

You asked, and we responded – the sociology minor has returned!  Contact the sociology office in 736 PLC for more information and to sign up, or contact Elizabeth Milner at To find out more about the major and minor requirements, click here.

Sociology Snippets Newsletter

Every two weeks Professor Pascoe distributes an electronic newsletter called Sociology Snippets.  You may view past issues here on our website.  Sociology majors will also receive the newsletter via Canvas email.

Department News

May 5, 2016

Spring Colloquium 5/9/16

The next colloquium of Spring term will be this Monday, May 9th. Jean Philippe Sapinski will present “Corporations and Climate Change: The Hegemony of Climate Capitalism.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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April 28, 2016

Green Resilient Office Certification

The Department of Sociology recently earned its Green Resilient Office certification, and was presented a certificate by President Schill.  View the photo and story at Around the O!

John Foster Presentation, 5/2/16

On Monday, May 2nd, Professor John Foster will deliver the talk “The Anthropocene and Ecological Civilization: A Marxian View” at noon in Global Scholars Hall 123. This talk will be presented in Eugene as Part of the “Ecological Civilization” Conference, Claremont California, in Honor of Visiting Scholars from China.


The Holocene epoch in geological history of the last 10,000-12,000 years has given way to a new geological epoch, which natural scientists are calling the Anthropocene, marked by humanity’s emergence as the main driver of change in the Earth system as a whole, and which threatens the future of civilization, a majority of ecosystems on the planet, and the human species itself. From a historical materialist perspective  this represents first and foremost a crisis of civilization. Human civilization arose in the relatively benign environment of the Holocene. In contrast, the Anthropocene is an epoch of increased ecological constraints and dangers, demanding the creation of a new, transitional society, or ecological civilization—one characterized by sustainable human development. The making of such an ecological civilization is closely linked to the long revolutionary transition from capitalism to socialism.

Spring Colloquium 5/2/16

The next colloquium of Spring term will be this Monday, May 2nd. Andrea Herrera will present “Theorizing the Hashtag: Queer Acknowledgements and the Technological Imperative to Name the Sexual Self.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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