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Wednesday, Oct. 27,  12-1:00pm
 221B Kaufmann Hall, 2nd floor conference room
"Sociology of War: Soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan"
Dr. Wilbur Scott
OU Sociology Professor Emeritus
US Air Force Academy

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Friday, October 29th,  1:00-2:30pm
Virtual (via Zoom)
What Tyrion Lannister can Teach us about Police Misconduct: A Crash Course in Social Network Analysis
Jason Gravel, PhD
Temple University
Criminal Justice



The Department of Sociology is excited to begin the Fall 2021 semester and to welcome students back to our beautiful home in historic Kaufman hall. We have an exciting semester planned. 

The OU Sociology main office is open, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask indoors in our offices. For more information about OU’s resources for the pandemic, see:

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Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. We are a vibrant department with 18 full-time faculty members, approximately 40 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.

Ian Carrillo. Foto:Daniela Nader.


Dr. Ian Carrillo, an assistant professor in the OU Sociology Department, published an article in the recent issue of Footnotes, the public magazine of the American Sociological Association. His article “Power and Race in Brazil’s Labor-Environment Nexus” is based on years of researching the Brazilian agribusiness sector. The article describes the wave of progressive labor and environmental regulations that empowered rural workers of color during the 1990s-2010s, and the subsequent reactionary backlash by white elites seeking to restore their diminished power and authority.

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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
  • Family
  • International/Cross-National Sociology
  • Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Class  
  • Religion

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.