2020 Sociology Newsletter
Students on the Market
The INSIDE-OUT Program
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.
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.
Sociology Department's COVID-19 Rules and Regulations
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.
Congratulations to Alexandra D. Wood who has been awarded the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity) Award! The UROP award offers financial assistance for undergraduate research projects under the guidance of a faculty member. Alexandra received this award to facilitate research surrounding neighborhood characteristics and the locations of mass shootings in the United States of America. She is working with OU Sociology faculty Dr. Erin Maher and Dr. Julie Gerlinger. Alexandra has been admitted to the OU Sociology BA/MA program, was recently named a McNair Scholar, and has received the Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship for her prior service in the United States Navy.
Alexandra's research project received media coverage from the OU Daily. See the story below.
Congratulations and well done Xandie! 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.