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Department of Sociology

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the analytical study of human groups and societies — how they develop, how they are structured, and how they function. Like human society itself, the field of sociology is extremely broad. Sociologists study the social world, from small groups of friends and families, to formal organizations, such as universities and corporations, to entire nations. We look at social relationships and interactions, at power and conflict, at structures that hold societies together, and at how societies change.

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

October 21, 2014

Fall Colloquium October 20th

Hello Everyone!

The Sociology Department is presenting another 
Fall Colloquium!

Monday October 27, 2014
12:00 - 1:00
714 PLC

"Why Petroleum Didn't Save the Whales: A Theoretical 
Analysis of the History of Modern Whaling"
Richard York, UO Sociology

Light refreshments will be provided
October 20, 2014

Social Movements and Spirituality in the UK