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Sociology Ph.D. program cracks US News' Top 100

gillv4The Oklahoma State University Sociology Ph.D. program recently broke into the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 rankings. 

Graduate coordinator Tammy Mix credited the department’s efforts at increasing visibility for faculty research and student support for the elevated national attention. 

“Students and faculty at other institutions have noticed these shifts,” she said. 

Second-year Ph.D. candidate Zac Carlisle found the relationships he formed at OSU supported his academic and professional training.

“I feel that I am not only receiving exemplary academic training from highly qualified faculty, but I am also building meaningful professional as well as personal relationships with that will persist throughout my career,” he said.

OSU offers five specialty areas within the Ph.D. program: criminology and deviance, environmental sociology, social inequality, social movements, and social psychology. 

Interim department head Duane Gill noted that increased efforts in recruiting top-notch faculty and students in these areas are reflected in the new national ranking.

“Over the past few years our faculty have produced some high-quality research and we have added talented faculty with Ph.D. degrees from prestigious universities,” he said. “We have also recruited some outstanding Ph.D. students and leveraged departmental funds to support their academic pursuits throughout the year.”

The full rankings can be found at