The Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University offers a broad spectrum of sociological specialties, theoretical approaches and methodological styles blended into a balanced graduate curriculum with two programs: the Master's of Science in Sociology, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology. The department is large enough to include faculty expertise in several major substantive areas of sociology, yet small enough to generate intimate graduate seminars and primary relationships between faculty and graduate students.
All graduate students receive excellent training in the core areas of theory, methodology, and statistics. No area of specialization is required for the Master's program. Doctoral students select two areas of specialization from: Social Movements, Deviance & Criminology, Environmental Sociology, Social Inequality (Race, Class, Gender) and Social Psychology.
To be considered for admission to the graduate program the applicant must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation indicating academic potential, a Statement of Purpose or essay discussing intended academic and professional goals as well as areas of specialization. All information is taken into consideration in determining the admissibility of the applicant.
The Department of Sociology awards a limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships. The application form for assistantships is included in the departmental admissions packet. Acceptance into the graduate program does not presume that financial assistance will be awarded. Teaching and Research Assistantships are awarded competitively to the strongest applicants whose applications are received by February 1.
Graduate Faculty List
Patricia A. Bell, Professor,
Ph.D. 1979, University of Texas-Austin,
Research Methodology, Research Design, Sociology of Law, Population Studies.
Beth S. Caniglia, Associate Professor,
Ph.D. 2000, University of Notre Dame,
Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Stratification, Organizations.
Riley E. Dunlap, Regents Professor
Ph.D. 1973, University of Oregon,
Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Survey Research
Andrew S. Fullerton, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2007, University of Connecticut,
Work and Occupations, Quantitative Methods, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology
Duane A. Gill, Professor and Head,
Ph.D. 1986, Texas A&M University,
Theory, Disasters, Environmental Sociology, Community, Rural Sociology
Kenneth J. Kiser, Professor,
Ph.D. 1973, Ohio State University,
Family, Male/Female Relationships, American Marriage/Family/Sexual Behavior, Organizational Behavior, American Health Care, Work.
J. David Knottnerus, Professor,
Ph.D. 1981, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale,
Social Psychology, Theory, Social Structure, Social Inequality, Collective Behavior & Social Movements.
Bin Liang, Associate Professor,
Ph.D./J.D. 2003, Arizona State University,
Law & Society, Globalization, Chinese legal system, comparative legal systems.
Michael Long, Assistant Professor,
Ph.D. 2010, Colorado State University,
Crime and Deviance, Consumption, Quantitative methods
Tamara L. Mix, Associate Professor,
Ph.D. 2001, University of Tennessee-Knoxville,
Environmental Sociology, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Collective Behavior/Social Movements
Stephen M. Perkins, Associate Professor,
Ph.D. 2000, Arizona State University,
Anthropology, Political Economy, Ethnohistory, Mesoamerica and the U.S.
Thomas E. Shriver, Professor,
Ph.D. 1995, University of Tennessee-Knoxville,
Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Inequality.
Jean Van Delinder, Professor,
Ph.D. 1996, University of Kansas,
American Race/Ethnic Relations, Theory, Historical Methods, Gender.