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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

February 18, 2015

Climate Crisis: Everywhere and Nowhere

Professor Kari Norgaard’s work on the social impact of climate change has been featured in CASCade Magazine.  Read about her analysis of how the climate change crisis can affect the entire world yet rarely reach the evening news broadcasts.

February 16, 2015

Professor Scott on OPB

Professor Scott recently gave a talk to the City Club of Portland on her recent research on the high cost of low wages regarding Oregon’s minimum wage.  The OPB broadcast is available for listening here.