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.


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.

On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life before Pregnancy receives ASA Book Award

Date posted: October 10th, 2016

Professors Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black have received a second prestigious award for their recent book.  At the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Seattle, On Becoming A Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy received the William J. Goode Book Award, Honorable Mention from the Section of the Sociology of the Family, American Sociological Association.

Eva Kahana awarded one of the CJN 2016 Class of 18 Difference Makers

Date posted: October 7th, 2016

Eva Kahana was awarded one of the CJN 2016 Clsas of 18 Difference Makers. This class of honorees represents remarkable individuals who make a difference and help better the Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community by being active through nonprofit organization, volunteer group or professional endeavor, and must demonstrate the “mensch-like” characteristics of honor and integrity. An event will be held on November 2 honoring the Cleveland Jewish News 18 Difference Makers and award winners will also be featured in a commemorative section of the October 28 issue of CJN and on

Eva Kahana and Jeffrey Kahana’s new book available March 2017

Date posted: October 7th, 2016

What is the lived experience of previously healthy older adults as they face disability in late life, and how is disability assimilated in their identity? How do prevailing practices facilitate—or limit—options for elders living with new disabilities? To address these questions, Jeffrey Kahana and Eva Kahana uniquely synthesize disability and gerontological perspectives to explore both the unfolding challenges of aging and the practices and policies that can enhance the lives of older adults in their forthcoming publication Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults available from Lynne Rienner Publishers April 2017.

Brian Gran Reviews for Fulbright US Scholar Program, joins board of Ohio Consortium of Crime Sciences

Date posted: September 9th, 2016

Brian Gran was invited to serve as a Discipline Reviewer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and also invited to serve as an Advisory Board member of the Ohio Consortium of Crime Sciences. …Read more.


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