The University of Houston is a state university with a student body of over 40,000. Ranked as the fourth largest city in the nation, Houston provides a natural laboratory for social research. Twelve full-time sociology faculty engage in a variety of research projects concerning policy-relevant topics such as public education, immigration, and poverty. Faculty members have received support for their research from various sources including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Poverty Center, and the National Science Foundation, as well as local foundations and agencies.
Approximately 20 students are actively enrolled in the Sociology graduate program. The low faculty-student ratio facilitates personal attention to student needs. Because many students are employed and attend the university part-time, seminars are offered in the evenings during the regular school year. All graduate students must complete a capstone internship paper or a thesis under the mentorship of a faculty member.
Our undergraduate program offers our nearly 225 majors and 160 minors a foundation in sociological theory and both qualitative and quantitative methods.
With both graduate and undergraduate members, the UH Sociology Students’ Association is an active student-run campus organization. The UHSSA organizes regular events including film screenings, community fund-raising, panel discussions, and much more.
The Department of Sociology at the University of Houston is a Pride Partner. University of Houston Pride Partners, through training, visibility, involvement or programming, have shown their dedication not only to nondiscrimination but also to providing a welcoming, safe and supportive learning environment for all LGBTQ people. Pride Partners seek to promote awareness of and sensitivity toward differences in gender identify and expression, and sexual orientation. The goal is the acceptance and celebration of differences rather than mere tolerance.