Experiential learning is an essential part of the sociology major at Mizzou. It offers the opportunity to gain professional skills, puts the academic material from your classwork into context, and builds a professional profile as you prepare for graduation.

Unlike most classroom experiences, undergraduate research programs at Mizzou allow students to explore the unknown through hands-on work with faculty mentors. Research is happening across campus. We encourage you to reach outside the department and explore all areas that might interest you.

If you are interested in research within the department, you can learn by assisting a Sociology faculty member on their own research project or you can identify a faculty mentor to explore your own research interests.

A great place to get started is with the MU Office of Undergraduate Research. They outline step-by-step how to secure a research experience on campus. Check out their workshops series, as well as their S.T.A.R. program. You might also think about a summer research program. You can either stay MU or travel to another state. Check out a sample list here.

As you explore research, keep in mind:

Sociology 4950: Research in Sociology

  • Students gain research experience by assisting a faculty member with a research project in sociology. Enrollment is limited to Sociology majors with Junior standing. Repeatable upon consent of the department. Prerequisites: Instructor consent.
  • The Research and Creative Activity Mentorship Program (URCAMP) encourages undergraduate research by providing stipends for students to work alongside faculty mentors to learn firsthand about the natural integration of research, creative activity, and teaching. Students receive $2000 for semester-based projects and $3500 for summer ones. Students may also apply for up to $500 in additional support for project-related needs (supplies, travel, etc.).