Over the last 5 years the Sociology Department has grown significantly by adding a number of new faculty members to complement our program’s senior scholars. We’ve also experienced positive developments in our graduate program – a newly established student computer lab; increased graduate funding; a revised graduate curriculum; and more graduate teaching opportunities, to name a few. In the past year we moved to a newly renovated state-of-the-art office and classroom facility. We anticipate additional growth in the near future. So we enthusiastically invite interested applicants to check out our program!
Our department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees emphasizing the fundamentals of sociological inquiry (i.e., theory, methods, statistics), combined with a broad spectrum of specialty areas, such as Criminology and Deviance, Environmental Sociology, Social Inequality, Social Movements and Social Psychology. We seek students interested in careers as professional sociologists, whether specializing in research and teaching, or in more applied settings. Many of our M.S. graduates continue to our Ph.D. program, while others choose applied careers in the public or private sector. Presently, our Ph.D. graduates serve as faculty at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. and abroad, or enjoy successful careers in applied fields.
The department’s faculty represent diverse sociological specialties, theoretical approaches, and methodological styles, all of which enhance the program’s balanced graduate curriculum. We’re large enough to include expertise in several substantive sub-areas of sociology, yet small enough to generate intimate graduate seminars and primary relationships between faculty members and graduate students. We emphasize and exemplify the threefold scholarly standard of quality classroom teaching, research, and extension. During the last ten years, our faculty have received university teaching awards, extension teaching awards, and a state excellence award. We’ve also continued to be active in research and scholarship. In addition to publishing academic monographs, and peer reviewed articles in a wide variety of scholarly journals, various members have received national grants, international recognition for publications, and served as editors or advisory board members for national and international journals.
So we invite you to further explore our graduate opportunities through the links provided here. You’ll find our 2013 graduate manual, core requirements, as well as links to descriptions of our specialty areas. If you have further questions after examining this information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, thank you for your interest in OSU’s Department of Sociology Graduate Program!
Dr. Andrew Fullerton
Director of the Sociology Department’s Graduate Program