Department of Sociology University of Oregon

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Introduction to the Undergraduate Program

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. The undergraduate program in sociology at the University of Oregon is designed to provide a broad understanding of human society for students in all fields as well as integrated and more advanced programs for sociology majors.

Recent graduates are found in every occupation and profession. Some graduates pursue further training in professional schools of social work, business administration, law, public administration and education. Graduate programs in sociology or related fields prepare students for academic careers.

Undergraduate majors and those interested in a possible sociology major will be interest in the following short documents:

Why students major in sociology
Satisfaction with the Sociology major
What can I do with a sociology BA?
Careers in sociology
What are they doing with a BA in sociology nationwide?
Pathways to job satisfaction. What happened to the class of 2005?

Current Sociology majors may find examples of course syllabi on Blackboard. To access the syllabi, click on the grey "Course Syllabi" button on the left side of your Sociology Blackboard screen.

High school students planning to major in sociology should take courses in history and social studies. Substantial work in mathematics, English composition, and foreign languages is also recommended. Two-year transfer students are advised to come with a year's work in introductory level sociology courses, as well as courses that can fulfill university group requirements.