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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.


Sociology doctoral candidate, Alicia Smith-Tran, receives Woodrow Wilson Dissertation grant

Date posted: February 17th, 2017

Alicia Smith-Tran, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, was named a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Dissertation Grant through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the 2017-18 school year for her dissertation research, “Racialized Runners: Life Stories of Black Women Who Run.” The selection panel noted that they were “impressed by the strength of [her] application and the outstanding scholarship demonstrated in [her] dissertation chapter.”

From “Manscaping Men” to “No Country for Old Wo/Men” Capstone Students Present Innovative Independent Research Projects

Date posted: December 16th, 2016

On December 13th nine sociology majors presented their Senior Capstone Experience (SOCI 392) research project to the scientific community of Case Western Reserve University. …Read more.

Article by Dale Dannefer recognized as second most cited paper in JGSS

Date posted: December 13th, 2016

At this year’s meeting of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Dale Dannefer’s 2003 paper “Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage and the Life Course: Cross-Fertilizing Age and Social Science Theory” was recognized as the second most cited paper in the history of the long running journal.

Áine Ní Léime Presents at a Social Justice Institute Policy Seminar

Date posted: December 10th, 2016

Áine Ní Léime, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow funded by the European Framework Programme 7, shared the preliminary results of a project conducted in the CWRU Department of Sociology entitled Gender, Older Workers and the Lifecourse (GENDOWL). …Read more.

Karie Feldman and Brian Gran featured in

Date posted: November 8th, 2016

Karie Feldman and Brian Gran were featured in a Guest Columnist article on entitled “With paid parental leave on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s agendas, it’s time to adopt it: Karie Feldman and Brian K. Gran (Opinion).” Read the full article here:

Cassi Pittman Receives Glennan Fellowship from UCITE

Date posted: October 18th, 2016

UCITE, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education at Case Western Reserve University, has named Assistant Professor Cassi Pittman one of its five Glennan Fellows for 2016-2017. Named after T. Keith Glennan, former President of Case Institute of Technology (1947-1965), the program recognizes tenure track faculty and is awarded based on promise as a scholar and teacher.


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