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Department of Sociology

Richard York, Environmental Studies Program Director 2015-18

“The Environmental Studies Program is highly diverse, including faculty and students from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as from some of the professional schools. Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and working to address real-world problems are central to our mission. In my role as Director, I aim to continue developing the high quality education we offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to increase support for research on the environment and the human place in it that brings together scholars from multiple fields.”

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.

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

September 24, 2015

Gender in China Seminar


OCTOBER 5, 2015 | 4:00 P.M.

Gender in China Poster 193da (2)

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