Sociology faculty are actively engaged in research projects with topics ranging from deviant behavior to occupational culture. Here are a few examples of the type of research we engage in. Periodically we will highlight faculty and student research projects.

  • Criminology/Domestic Violence
  • Social Inequalities
  • Health, Families and Communities
  • Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Opportunities

The University of Central Florida offers numerous opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research in various disciplines under the direction of a faculty member. This intensive research opportunity enhances the academic experience and challenges students to strengthen their critical, analytical, and writing skills. You can find out more at the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research or the College of Undergraduate Studies.



Honors in the Major (HIM)

An Honor in the Major is UCF’s most advanced undergraduate research program. It is designed to assist juniors and seniors who are intent on developing their own independent research project. Students do not have to be Honors students to take advantage of the HIM program; it is available to all qualified UCF students.

The Office of Research at UCF

The Office of Research budgets $100,000 annually to match contract and grant dollars for principle investigators who hire undergraduates to assist in sponsored research.


The UCF McNair Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies.  The program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

The RAMP program is designed to provide a research experience working closely with a faculty mentor for students who may be interested in pursuing graduate education. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations that are traditionally under-represented in graduate education to attend graduate school. Undergraduate students participating in this program receive financial support.

Institute for Social and Behavioral Science (ISBS)

Founded in 1979, the Institute for Social and Behavioral Science (ISBS) promotes community-oriented research throughout the social and behavioral science disciplines. The ISBS specializes in research relevant to public policy issues in the Orlando region.

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