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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.


On Becoming a Teen Mom by Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black receives award from ASA Section on Race, Gender and Class

Date posted: July 17th, 2017

Professors Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black have just received notice that their recent book On Becoming a Teen Mom received Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Book Award from the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class. Over 60 books were nominated for this award. This is the third prestigious award received by their book.

Brian Gran invited to serve on the 2018 ASA Annual Meeting Program Committee

Date posted: July 13th, 2017

Brian Gran has been invited to serve on the Program Committee for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Brian Gran elected Chair of ASA’s Section on Human Rights

Date posted: June 23rd, 2017

Brian Gran was elected to the position of Chair-Elect of ASA’s Section on Human Rights. He will serve as Chair of the Section in 2017-2018.

Brian Gran invited to participate in CCWA project “Responsible Global Investing”

Date posted: June 5th, 2017

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) invited Brian Gran to participate in “Responsible Global Investing,” a project sponsored through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, bringing over 250 professionals from around the world to visit Northeast Ohio each year. As part of the “Responsible Global Investing” project, Brian Gran gave a presentation to a group of five international visitors from the People’s Republic of China, two interpreters, and their host to discuss best practices and real-world examples of how integrity in international business operations and investments can strengthen the rule of law, including human rights, prevent corruption, eradicate poverty, and promote peace.

Two sociology students receive 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships

Date posted: May 23rd, 2017

Two sociology students receive 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships. Doctoral student, Lacey Caporale, received funding for her project “An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood.” Sociology major, MaryTherese Escueta, received funding for her project titled “I Do Wanna Dance: The Lived Experience of Professional Dancers of Color.”

Sociology students elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Date posted: May 15th, 2017

Sociology majors Connor Collins, Meghan Gibbons and Steven Reynolds and sociology minor Emily Peterson were elected to Case Western Reserve University Alpha of Ohio chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) national honor society this year. …Read more.


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