The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an educational program tailored to effectively facilitate dialogue across difference. It originated as a means of bringing together campus-based college students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a prison, jail or other correctional setting. OU Sociology is proud to continue the tradition of offering students the chance to participate in the "Inside-Out" program.
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The INSIDE-OUT Program
OU SOCIOLOGY IS OPEN AS WE EMBRACE VIRTUAL AND DISTANCED INTERACTIONS TO SERVE AND EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS. THE PHYSICAL OU NORMAN CAMPUS WILL REOPEN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 3, AND OUR HOME IN KAUFMAN HALL WILL BE REOPENED AS WELL. OUR MAIN OFFICE, HOWEVER, WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL IT IS SAFE. PLEASE ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES BELOW SO THAT WE MAY REOPEN AND KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY.
- Please complete the COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool before coming to campus.
- Masks are required in all OU campus buildings and outside when social distancing is not possible.
- Most departmental interactions will take place remotely, via Zoom (or other virtual platforms) to promote social distance and safety.
- Invited guests to OU Sociology should complete a visitor/vendor COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool prior to their campus arrival.
OU SOCIOLOGY WILL ENGAGE IN-PERSON WHEN IT IS SAFE. MORE THAN EVER DURING THIS TIME OF GREAT SOCIAL UNREST AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, STUDENTS NEED SOCIOLOGICAL TOOLS TO COMPREHEND AND MAKE SENSE OF THIS HISTORICAL MOMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US.
The University is proactively monitoring COVID-19. Stay updated with the latest information to protect the OU community at the below link.
Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. We are a vibrant department with 21 full-time faculty members, approximately 30 full-time graduate students, and over 400 undergraduate majors.
The Department of Sociology has two interrelated missions: to provide the highest quality education at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels and to foster state-of-the-art research among faculty and graduate students.
OU Sociology undergraduate major, Caroline Sparks, was recently recognized for her campus leadership from the OUDaily. Sparks is involved in Camp Crimson, Gaylord Ambassadors, and the Gender + Equality Center and she was recently named a McNair Scholar. The McNair program provides encouragement, guidance, and mentorship to underrepresented juniors and seniors in preparation for graduate school. Spark’s first two years at OU were marked with a dedication to community service, campus leadership, and academic excellence. We are excited to see what the next two years hold as Ms. Sparks continues to serve the OU and Norman communities and put her sociological imagination into action.
Congratulations and well done Caroline! We are happy to have you represent the best of our department.
Our undergraduate program contains two degree tracks, one in general sociology and one in criminology.
At the departmental level, we have strengths in teaching and research in the following areas:
- Criminology and Deviance
- International/Cross-National Sociology
- Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Class
We emphasize contemporary issues within these areas, and also explore their historical, comparative, and global dimensions. Through our research, we seek to update and refine knowledge in each area to assist in formulating and evaluating social policy.
Our undergraduate students pursue careers in diverse fields, ranging from social service jobs to corporate sales. Many of our undergraduates also go on to graduate school or law school.
Our graduate students regularly present papers at professional meetings and publish research in academic journals. Most graduate students go on to establish academic careers in universities and colleges or work as researchers for government or nonprofit agencies.
The members of our faculty maintain active research agendas and regularly publish articles and books. Many also occupy leadership roles in the profession of sociology, both within the university and in the community.
We take great pride in having rigorous academic programs while simultaneously maintaining a friendly, supportive environment for our students.