Department of Sociology

Combining Basic Social Science and Real-World Change

Sociology is a field that studies basic human and social processes in the context of the complex realities of a rapidly changing world. Sociologists investigate many important and fascinating questions. Especially with the notable increase in diversity in our society and the fast-moving realities of a globalizing world, the breadth of knowledge and perspective provided by majoring in sociology has been looked upon favorably by employers in many fields. Sociologists are trained to study many aspects of social life: issues of peace and war; labor force and corporate downsizing; gender, work and the family; crime and delinquency; education reform; inequality and medical sociology. The department encourages interaction between students and faculty by offering many opportunities for individualized study and research. Graduates of our program are working in many interesting jobs in research, in fields such as management and industry, health care, human resources, social work and education. Sociology is also excellent preparation for graduate school in multiple fields. In addition to pursuing doctoral study in sociology, many of our recent graduates are now in graduate school in fields like medicine, law and social work.


Combining Strength in Research and Learning

The Department of Sociology is nationally and internationally known for its leadership and strong programs of research and graduate education in the sociology of health and medicine and the sociology of age and the life course. Our undergraduate program also offers concentrations in crime, law, and justice, gender, work and family, health, medicine and aging, and social inequality. Many sociology majors have the opportunity to participate in research projects and other field-based learning experiences, both through activities built into regular course experiences, and by working on ongoing faculty research projects. The Department has a long history of combining leadership in research with a friendly, student-centered culture, for both graduate and undergraduate students.


CWRU Sociology faculty and students enliven annual GSA meeting !

Date posted: November 25th, 2015

Once again, CWRU’s Department of Sociology had a strong presence at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, held in Orlando (11/18-23).  Overall 6 faculty and 13 students participated this year. …Read more.

Mary Erdmans invited to present a paper at the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference in Chicago

Date posted: November 13th, 2015

Mary Erdmans was invited to present a paper at the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles on November 13-14, 2015. Her paper “Polish Immigrant Communities in Chicago, 1970-2000” focused on the formation of new immigrant communities in the suburban metropolitan area of Chicago and the challenges Catholic parishes faced incorporating Polish-speaking parishioners.

Dale Dannefer publishes an article in a special issue of ‘Research in Human Development’

Date posted: October 31st, 2015

Dale Dannefer. 2015. “Right in Front of Us: Taking Everyday Life Seriously in the Study of Human Development.  Research and Human Development [Special Issue].12(3-4): 209-216

Dale Dannefer elected to the Executive Council of the SLLS

Date posted: October 25th, 2015

Dale Dannefer was elected to the Executive Council of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) for a 3 year term.

Dale Dannefer delivers invited lecture at the SLLS annual meeting in Dublin, Ireland

Date posted: October 25th, 2015

Dale Dannefer delivered an invited symposium lecture entitled “Opening the Social: Sociological Imagination in Life Course Studies” (co-authored with Jessica Kelley-Moore and Wenxuan “Cherry” Huang) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday October 20, 2015.  The presentation was based on a forthcoming chapter in the Volume II of the Handbook of the Life Course.

Noah Webster (PhD 2011) receives the Society for the Study of Human Development’s Early Career Award

Date posted: October 19th, 2015

CWRU Sociology alum Noah Webster (PhD., 2011) was this year’s recipient of the Society for the Study of Human Development’s Early Career Award, presented at the society’s biennial meeting held in Austin, Texas, October 16-18, 2015. …Read more.



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