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2020 Sociology Newsletter
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.
Dear Sociology Community,
This is a stressful and uncertain time with the recent targeted violence toward Asians and Asian Americans during this pandemic and especially last week in Atlanta. As a community of Sociologists, we want to amplify the statement of OU President Harroz below.
President Harroz Statement
We stand in solidarity with our Asian students, all Asians, and all Asian Americans. OU is committed to being a community of care and true belonging for all people. As Sociologists, we are part of a discipline that from its beginning has been engaged in social justice. With this spirit of empathy and understanding, OU Sociology wants everyone to be accepted for who they are.
OU Sociology Faculty & Graduate Students
The department of Sociology would like to thank you all for a wonderful semester during these trying times.
We look forward to seeing you all face-to-face again in the Fall!
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 Sociologist Dr. Sam Perry was in interviewed for a national CNN report on the response among some Evangelicals towards the COVID 19 Vaccine. He states: "There is a tendency within White Christian nationalism, to want to believe these kinds of conspiracies, because I think it reinforces this idea of an us versus them," Perry said. "The problem is, the people who are feeding that fear, have an incentive to keep stoking that fear because people keep clicking, and people keep listening." Dr. Perry's book (with Andrew Whitehead) Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States as well as his numerious article on this topic have made him an important figure in recent national debates surrounding the growth and influence of Christian Nationalist within American political and religious life.
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.
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 REOPENED LAST SEMESTER AND OUR HOME IN KAUFMAN HALL HAS 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.