Portland State University is home to a vibrant and diverse sociology department that is committed to giving students the knowledge and skills needed to be lifelong learners and well-informed world citizens. Our faculty expertise and focus on social justice creates opportunities for students to conduct original research and to investigate social problems and their solutions. We prepare students for a variety of careers in business, government, and the non-profit sector and for further study in graduate and professional programs.

We offer:

  • A flexible bachelor's degree with online course options
  • An undergraduate minor
  • A Bachelors + Masters (non-thesis track Masters degree) 
  • A Ph.D. degree
  • Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities
  • Accessible and engaging faculty
  • Internship and directed research opportunities

Given our location in the heart of downtown Portland, our faculty center the Portland community and the world beyond in our research and teaching, providing robust opportunities to engage in social research that serves the community.

With our focus on social justice, we strive to be a place of inclusion and connection. We are excited about the opportunities that sociology provides you to understand the world using critical thinking, problem-solving, written and oral communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills honed in our program. 

With a degree in sociology from PSU, you will be prepared for a career in a wide array of settings, from the non-profit sector to business, and with the skills and experience to launch you into a top graduate or professional program. 

With the events of Covid-19 the physical department is closed until further notice. If you have questions please email:

General Questions: asksoc@pdx.edu

Graduate Questions/Office Operations: Bahar Jaberi at bhbj@pdx.edu

Sociology Advising/Office Operations: Kris Lucht Adams at socadvising@pdx.edu or luchtk@pdx.edu