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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.

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2017 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award: Professor Richard York

Professor Richard York has been awarded the 2017 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology. This award recognizes scholars for outstanding service, innovation, and publication in environmental sociology and/or the sociology of technology.

Congratulations Professor York!

Soc Snippets 4/21/17

Hello Sociology Majors and Minors!

We’ve got some great opportunities for you this week – opportunities for honors study, publications and graduate work. As always if you have questions, comments, or concerns about the program feel free to contact me, Undergraduate Advisor Elizabeth Milner ( or the Peer Advisors ( To keep up with the Sociology Department follow us on Twitter (@OregonSociology) and Facebook.

Have a great week and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe Undergraduate Program Director


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Spring Colloquium 5/1/17

Monday, May 1 12:00 – 1:00 pm 714 PLC Presenter: Dan Jaffee Department of Sociology Portland State University

Talk Title: Who’s the Fairest of Them All?  Charting the Fractured Landscape of Fair Trade Certification in the U.S.

Abstract: A few years ago, U.S. consumers seeking fairly-traded food products could look for a single product label.  Today, shoppers are confronted by no fewer than four competing fair-trade seals, each backed by a separate third-party certification and based on differing standards.  This fracturing results from longstanding divisions within the U.S. fair trade