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Statement from the Sociology Faculty at Oregon State University Condemning Anti-Asian Racism.

The Sociology faculty at Oregon State University condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and racism directed at Asians and Asian Americans across the country. From the beginning of our global pandemic crisis, people of Asian descent have been targeted with prejudice, racism, threats, and physical violence. Racism towards this group has been practiced and encouraged at the highest levels of political office. We also recognize that many of our own students feel particularly vulnerable during this time because of the racist and vile scapegoating regarding the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Scapegoating regarding the origins of the COVID-19 virus has caused our own students to feel vulnerable and vilified. We stand with our Asian and Asian American students, faculty, and neighbors against white supremacist discourse and actions.

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Sociology Program Statement in Support of Protests

The sociology faculty at Oregon State University stand in solidarity with our Black Students, our Black colleagues, and our Black neighbors. We support the widespread protests against police brutality. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others preceding them are part of a long history of racism and violence aimed at Black Americans. We are heartbroken for their families and communities. We support the Black Lives Matter Movement, and we condemn President Trump’s threats against protestors who seek police accountability and reforms. 

To our students, we want to let you know that we see each and every one of you. We believe that training in sociology uniquely positions those of you who are White and non-Black to be true and genuine allies to your Black peers. We encourage you to take care of yourselves and of each other as this academic term comes to an end and we transition to an uncertain summer. And importantly, we look forward to seeing you all in our classes again, either in person or remotely.


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 online 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 and justice, 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.

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See also:

Sociology Student Awards (2015-2016)

OSU Course Catalog

Sociology Learning Outcomes

Programs of Study

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