School of Public Policy Sociology Program

Welcome to the OSU Sociology Program

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Our Vision:

To create engaged citizens, problem solvers, and ethical professionals who understand and explain how society shapes individuals and individuals shape society. 

Our Mission:

The OSU Sociology Program:

  1. Provides a rigorous curriculum and inclusive learning environment for OSU students, including unique opportunities for experiential learning;
  2. Supports the continuous exploration of sociological knowledge with particular focus on social relations, inequality, the environment, and crime. 
  3. Serves the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world by informing solutions to current and future social problems. 

About Us:

studentsWhether you are one of our undergraduate majors looking for information on advising or a potential graduate student investigating the Master of Public Policy program, this site should offer answers to many of your questions.

Currently, the Sociology Program has 15 full-time faculty members, over 300 undergraduate majors and minors, a rapidly growing cohort of on-line Sociology majors (E-campus) and more than 60 graduate students participating in the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies programs. We offer a wide variety of courses in the following broad areas of study: crime, environment and natural resources, social relations, inequality,  and social policy.

In 2011, the Sociology Department formally joined with the Political Science and Economics Departments to form a new School of Public Policy.  Our Master of Public Policy program has seen recent graduates holding positions in public administration analysis, economic analysis, environmental consulting, and legislation director.  The MPP prepares our students for careers in the public, non-profit, and international sectors.  Beginning in 2012 we began to offer a Ph.D. in Public Policy, while continuing to offer BA and BS degrees in our respective disciplines.   

Information on all Sociology faculty may be found on our Faculty and Staff page. Highlights of faculty research can be found on our Research page.

Again, thanks for visiting our department site. If you want any additional information, feel free to contact us.


See also:

Sociology Student Awards (2015-2016)

OSU Course Catalog

Sociology Learning Outcomes

Programs of Study

Our Students

Faculty and Staff

News & Events

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