780 Van Vleet Oval
Kaufman Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office: Room 331
Norman, OK 73019-2033

Office: (405) 325-1751
Fax: (405) 325-7825

OU Sociology

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.

Our undergraduate program contains two degree tracks, one in general sociology and one in criminology.

At the graduate level, we offer these areas of concentration:

  • Class Stratification
  • Criminology and Deviance
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Cross-National Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Social Psychology

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.


In 2014, the OU Department of Sociology was awarded The SWS Seal of Excellence from Sociologists for Women in Society. This honor is awarded to departments that demonstrate a commitment to both the presence of women faculty and the importance of gender and intersectional inequality in scholarship. The Department received the Seal of Approval for Gender Equity and the Seal of Approval for Gender Scholarship. Only 22% of sociology departments in the country have received these awards. This honor shows our hard work in fostering an inclusive scholarly community in the OU Department of Sociology.