Graduate Programs

Explore Our Graduate Programs

The Department of Sociology offers graduate work leading to a PhD and is intended for students seeking a professional career in research and teaching in both academic and non-academic settings. The department does not offer a terminal master's degree, although students enrolled in the PhD program will also receive a master's degree as part of their training.


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Doctorate Degree in Sociology

Learn more about what goes into earning a PhD in Sociology, from requirements and seminars to the master’s paper and doctoral dissertation process.


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Examining Critical Social Issues

“The University of Oregon's sociology department has one of the best environmental sociology programs in North America. Among our professors and grad students, we have academic experts on the relationship between capitalism and climate change; on Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge; and on environmental racism and environmental justice. Scholars and college students must work to understand these topics better because we are in an age of catastrophic climate change and massive environmental inequality.”

—Justin Szasz, sociology graduate student


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Funding Your Graduate Studies

Discover the opportunities for graduate employment in our department, and get details on applying to graduate awards and fellowships.

Funding and Research Support


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Prepare for the Professional World

Read about the department’s annual job market candidates and their placements, as well as how to connect with career advisors or get professional teaching experience while earning your degree.

Career and Professional Development


Sociology graduate student Christine Capili

Researching Racialized Politics in the US

“Thus far, my favorite project has been my MA research—'Multiraciality: A Disruption of Racialized Politics in the United States.' I ask the following research question: Do multiracial individuals lean white or non white in their political ideologies and political party affiliations? Racialized politics provides an important indicator of multiracial individuals' place in the historic US racial order.”

—Christine Capili, sociology graduate student


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Our Graduate Students

On this page, find FAQs for graduate students, graduate program regulations and the policy for appointment of graduate students to teaching positions.

Resources for the Graduate Community


Events

A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty
Feb27
A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty Feb 27 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History"
Feb27
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History" Feb 27 McKenzie Hall
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born"
Feb27
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born" Feb 27 Knight Library
African American Workshop and Lecture Series: "The Robots are Coming" with Ramanita Hairston
Feb27
African American Workshop and Lecture Series: "The Robots are Coming" with Ramanita Hairston Feb 27 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within
Feb28
Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within Feb 28 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Feb28
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Feb 28 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Book Launch & Discussion - "Coloring into Existence: Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children’s Literature"
Feb29
Book Launch & Discussion - "Coloring into Existence: Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children’s Literature" Feb 29 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Feb29
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Feb 29 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series
Feb29
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series Feb 29 McKenzie Hall
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Mar1
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Mar 1