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UW Oshkosh Sociology Department

When a student declares a sociology major or minor at UW Oshkosh, they are opening the doors to a career filled with wonder, excitement and lifelong learning.

By declaring a sociology major or minor, students are allowing themselves to explore more about themselves and learn to analyze the world around them through a different lens. Sociology majors and minors go on to be leaders in all kinds of professions, from human resources, to market research, to public administration, to law enforcement and more. View course offerings.

Students can choose an (optional) emphasis in:

  • Organization, community and environment
  • Social control, deviance and criminology
  • Social equity and diversity

If you are interested in more information on the sociology major or minor, please email Paul Van Auken, Chair, at:

Contact the Sociology Department

Phone: (920) 424-2030
Sage Hall, Room 4610
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Endeavors: Beyond Classroom Walls, an article on Paul Van Auken

A Profile of Paul Van Auken

Meet the UW Oshkosh Sociology Department

Nolan Peterson

Senior sociology major at UW Oshkosh, Nolan Peterson, believes sociology has taught him how to be a more engaged citizen and to help those around him. Read more



Brianna Jackson 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh senior sociology major Brianna Jackson, of Fort Knox, Kentucky, began her college career as an education major until taking an interim sociology class with assistant professor Orlee Hauser. Read more


Anna Swinson

Anna Swinson has been interested in pursuing sociology since high school. She loves to learn about people and their actions, thoughts, and ideas. Read more



Jennifer Kohn

Jenny Kohn is one of our recent graduates who is still providing service to our department as a research assistant to both Dr. Van Auken and Dr. Bohr. Read more



Michael Lockwood

Michael chose Sociology as his major because he is interested in making an impact on social change and trying to make a difference in the world. Read more



Sarah Reed

Sarah is a McNair Scholar who chose Sociology as a major that would prepare her well for graduate school. Read more




Jacob Bloechl

Jacob credits his professors with challenging him both academically and personally and for forcing   him to think more critically. Read more






Amber Heller 

Amber is a double major who has gained qualities from Sociology that she is able to apply to everyday life. Read more



Ariannah Albrecht

Ariannah switched her major to Sociology for more career opportunities and relates to the quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”–Ghandi. Read more

Jeremiah Bohr

Jeremiah Bohr, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh sociology department, is fascinated by the way our lives are shaped by social forces we typically ignore. Read faculty bios here.

Carly Persson

Through her experience as an intern and outgoing president of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Sociology Club, recent UWO alumna Carly Persson, of Marshfield, has shown her dedication to her field of study.  Read more


Shawna Kuether

After studying sociology at UW Oshkosh, Shawna Kuether spent two years in the AmeriCorps program and now works at UWO as a Human Resources Assistant. Read more


Bailey Murph

Bailey Murph, Class of 2011, is now a Health Portfolio Manager for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Read more



Kathleen Abrahamson

Kathleen Abrahamson, class of 1990, is currently an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Purdue. Read more




Oscar Mireles

Oscar Mireles, class of 1996, is now the Executive Director of Omega School, an adult literacy center that provides basic education and GED preparation. He credits his sociology background for helping him in all facets of his work life. Read more



Jennifer Stephany

Jennifer Stephany is the Executive Director of Appleton Downtown Inc. She is grateful to have had the many opportunities within the Sociology department for internships, teacher aide positions and club activities that truly enhanced and heightened her experience. Read more


Pat Hager

Pat Hager is the owner of Squashington Farm where he helps provide good food for people with less priviledge. The reasons behind his work are directly related to what he learned as a Sociology major. Read more



Kathy Brasier

Kathy Brasier, Ph. D., is currently an Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at Penn State University. But instead of reading about her standard bio, let her tell her story. Read more



Kenyetta Walker

Kenyetta is a recent sociology graduate who is now working as a Patient Encounter Specialist in Birmingham, AL. Read more