Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri. Our department, which was established in 1900, includes diverse faculty who are recognized nationally and internationally for their research, teaching, and service.  We serve approximately 250 undergraduates and 50 graduate students from all over the world.  Department faculty serve on national and international editorial boards and many are award-winning instructors.  The University of Missouri is the oldest public land grant institution west of the Mississippi, a member of the AAU, and in the highest category of research universities. Our department takes pride in offering a friendly, welcoming place for open and critical examination of the full range of social issues and perspectives. 

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MU Sociology in the words of former students

The faculty in the Department are committed to a critically oriented sociology program that prepares its students to distinguish themselves in both research and pedagogy upon graduation.”

J. T. Thomas, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi (Ph.D., 2011).

The faculty and staff helped me develop my intellectual perspective and prepare for tenure-track life.”

Matt Cousineau - Assistant Professor of Sociology, Auburn University (Ph.D., 2014).

The department encourages students to succeed by fostering an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity as well as supports students in writing grant proposals, preparing manuscripts, and presenting at conferences.”

Roslyn Fraser Schoen - Assistant Professor, Texas A & M, Central Texas; Postdoctoral Associate (2014-15), Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University (Ph.D., 2014).

Message from the Chair