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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our department is following the University’s Return to Campus Plan for fall term. Staff will be working remotely, and at this time we will not be in the office in-person. Please see our web pages for more information about courses and our degree programs.  Questions should be e-mailed to

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Our department is a vibrant community featuring leading scholars within sociology and related interdisciplinary fields. Faculty have expertise in a range of theories and methods, from ethnography to social network analysis, underscoring our commitment to training our students in the many tools within the sociological toolkit. Program strengths include the sociology of environment, gender, political & economic sociology, and race with increased focus on sociology of health and cultural sociology.

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UO Sociology Alumnus featured in Around the O newsletter

This week, Around the O’s email newsletter includes a UO Sociology alumnus!

Adam Markle (BA ’03) is an Emmy-winning cinematographer and documentary filmmaker whose latest film, 34 Seconds, is due to premiere this fall. He talked to Around the O about the importance of his background in sociology to his career today:

“My sociology courses taught me to look at the world from different perspectives and ask critical questions. What I learned at the university shaped the kind of stories I wanted to tell—and how I wanted to tell them.

“I produced a documentary about migrant


Department Head Michael Dreiling congratulates graduates, reminds us of the sociological tools for uncovering racial injustice

Dear Sociology Class of 2020:

As you complete you complete your degree at the UO, I offer my warmest congratulations and thanks! As a graduate of our program, you enter the ranks of an outstanding group of human beings – UO Sociology Alumni. Our alumni are active in hundreds of careers and professions. Their work collectively involves the founding of businesses and nonprofits, writing novels and making films, and working in professions from education and law to marketing and research. In these incredibly challenging times, I trust that even as you exit the university to a world in flux, you