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.


Mary Erdmans presents at two events in Poland

Date posted: June 24th, 2016

Mary Erdmans presented at two events in Poland this June. …Read more.

Congrats to May and August 2016 Doctoral Graduates!

Date posted: June 21st, 2016

Congratulations to Relebohile Morojele, Robert Peterson, Rebecca Siders, and Margaret Waltz for successfully defending their dissertations! …Read more.

Congratulations 2015-2016 Sociology Graduate Student Awardees

Date posted: May 20th, 2016

The 12th annual graduate awards ceremony was held on Monday, May 2 in Tinkham University Ballroom. The ceremony recognizes graduate students that have received awards during the 2015–2016 academic year.  We are proud to share the news that eight awards were given to Sociology doctoral students this year.  …Read more.

Eva Kahana Awarded the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize at CWRU Commencement

Date posted: May 12th, 2016

The Department of Sociology is proud to announce that at this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, Eva Kahana, Distinguished University Professor and Robson Professor of Sociology, Humanities, Applied Social Science, Nursing and Medicine, will be awarded the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize.   …Read more.

Pamela Herd, Director of Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, visits CWRU

Date posted: April 11th, 2016

Pamela Herd, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, presented a public lecture on March 16 entitled “Promises and Pitfalls of Integrating Biological Data into Social Science Studies.”  Professor Herd’s visit was sponsored by the Provost’s Office through the Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) program and the CWRU Department of Sociology, and was organized by Professor Jessica Kelley-Moore. …Read more.

Jessica Kelley-Moore joins ICPSR Advisory Board on Minority Data

Date posted: February 16th, 2016

Jessica Kelley-Moore has been invited to join the Advisory Board for the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD).  RCMD is an initiative of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located at University of Michigan.  Its mission is to provide educators, researchers, and students with data resources to analyze issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States.  RCMD provides access and analytic tools for researchers seeking to utilize the vast array of data from ICPSR on underrepresented minorities.  For more information on data and training, see:


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