The University of Houston is a state university with a student body of over 30,000. Ranked as the fourth largest city in the nation, Houston provides a natural laboratory for social research. Eleven full-time sociology faculty engage in a variety of research projects concerning such policy-relevant topics as public education, health, religion, culture, and sports. Faculty members have received support for their research from various sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Census Bureau, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lilly Foundation, and local foundations and agencies. These projects provide research experience and financial support for students, as well as employment opportunities for graduates.
Approximately 30 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 300 majors a foundation in sociological theory, research methods, and both qualitative and quantitative methods. Our unique internship program also provides students with invaluable experience and skills that will prepare them for the workforce upon graduation.
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.