UCF_logoUniversity of Central Florida Mission

The University of Central Florida is the home of the Community Geography and GIS REU Site. UCF is a public multi-campus, metropolitan research university that stands for opportunity. The university anchors the Central Florida city-state in meeting its economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental, and societal needs by providing high-quality, broad-based education and experience-based learning; pioneering scholarship and impactful research; enriched student development and leadership growth; and highly relevant continuing education and public service initiatives that address pressing local, state, national, and international issues in support of the global community.

Approved by the UCF Board of Trustees, May 21, 2009

Department of Sociology Mission: Home of the Community Geography and REU Site in Belize: The UCF Department of Sociology provides the type of advanced learning community required to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We seek to educate global citizens who can access, evaluate, and analyze abundant information available through both electronic and more traditional forms of media. In addition, our department strives to foster tolerance and understanding of diverse peoples, cultures, and issues. Through research, teaching, and service, our faculty contributes to essential knowledge of social processes and informs policy decisions at the local, regional, and global levels.

Dr. Elizabeth Mustaine, Chair of UCF Department of Sociology

Message from Dr. Elizabeth Mustaine, UCF Sociology Department Chair: Welcome to the Department of Sociology! We are a thriving department offering a diversity of programs including a BA degree in Sociology a BS degree in Social Sciences, five different minors, a Master’s degree in Applied Sociology and a Doctoral degree in Sociology.  Our faculty are nationally and internationally known for their research in areas such as crime and deviance, domestic violence, race and ethnicity, homelessness, gender, health, aging, social psychology, religion, environmental sociology, and GIS.  Locally many faculty also partner with agencies in the Central Florida area to conduct applied research benefiting the community.

Our faculty members are active researchers publishing scholarly books as well as articles in many of the leading journals in our fields.  Many of our faculty are also successful in obtaining external funding for their research. Faculty research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute on Aging, the US Department of Agriculture, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism among others.

Although almost 60,000 students are enrolled at UCF we take great pride in the fact that our faculty are accessible to students. In fact, one of our strengths is the number of faculty-student research collaborations.  Our academic programs are designed to provide many opportunities to work closely with faculty and faculty often conduct research and publish with both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to our strengths in research, Sociology faculty and graduate students also excel in the classroom.  Faculty have received teaching awards such as the College of Sciences Excellence in Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Awards, and the UCF award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students.  Student awards include the College of Sciences Award for Excellence by a Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, the College of Sciences and UCF Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, and the Sage Innovations and Professional Development Award.

Students who graduate from our program are also positioned well for employment opportunities.  Our undergraduates are employed by a diverse group of employers including the Make a Wish Foundation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Harbor House of Central Florida and Westat among others.  Master’s graduates have gone on to work at employers such as Seminole State College, Research Triangle Institute, Valencia College, and Trial Consulting Services, LLC.  Several have also started their own small business or pursued careers as lawyers.  Doctoral alumni have pursued employment in tenure track appointments at institutions such as Loyola University, Texas Christian University, University of North Florida and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and in applied positions at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Avatar International.

On our web site, you will find detailed information about our undergraduate and graduate program requirements; biographical information about our faculty, students, and staff; and a description of the various projects and research interests in which our members are involved. We invite you to take a closer look and see the many opportunities the UCF Sociology Department can offer.

Elizabeth Mustaine, Ph.D.

Chair, UCF Sociology

**Sociology information quoted from http://sociology.cos.ucf.edu/about/message-from-the-chair/

This is UCF

The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to 61,000 students, offering 210 degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional locations.

UCF was ranked as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative” universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide rankings. Last year, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education. The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity and community engagement.

UCF, Florida’s largest university, promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. Students come from 50 states and 148 countries. Study abroad programs allow students to study and conduct research with 98 institutions in 36 countries. Students at UCF have been recognized throughout the world and include recipients of the Rhodes, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships.

In 2014, UCF enrolled 79 freshman National Merit Scholars for an overall enrollment of 275 National Merit Scholars. Both school records. Last year, UCF enrolled more National Merit Scholars and awarded more degrees than any other Florida university.

UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media.

In 2013-14, UCF professors received $145.6 million in research funding and have accrued more than $1.1 billion in external grants during the past decade. Distinctive programs extend learning beyond the classroom and include leadership programs, cooperative education, mentorships, internships, service learning and paid research positions.

UCF is one of 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity.

The main campus stretches 1,415 acres and manages 800 acres of natural ecosystems resulting in habitats for more than 45 animal species.

The Health Center is a full-service health clinic with on-site professionals, X-ray capabilities, dental services, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory and physical therapy services.

The Student Union has computer labs, study lounges, ballrooms and meeting rooms, popular eating establishments and a small shopping mall. Students also enjoy a 149,000-square-footRecreation and Wellness Center complete with a three-story climbing wall, an indoor track and fitness equipment.

On-campus housing includes 11 communities for 12,000 students ranging from first-year to graduate students.

***This is UCF text quoted from http://www.ucf.edu/about-ucf/