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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.


Mary Erdmans receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Poland

Date posted: May 21st, 2018

Mary Erdmans receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Poland in Social Sciences to conduct research on return migration for the 2018-2019 academic year. …Read more.

Sociology undergraduates featured in art|sci magazine

Date posted: May 16th, 2018

Sociology undergraduate students Erin Buttars, Victoria Hamilton, Sarah Jammal, and Sharmayne Schaffer were featured in the Spring | Summer 2018 issue of art|sci magazine. …Read more.

Congratulations to our award winning graduate students

Date posted: May 10th, 2018

This year, seven graduate students received awards at the 2018 Graduate Award Ceremony.  The ceremony recognizes students for their accomplishments during the 2017-2018 academic year. We are proud to share the news. …Read more.

The Department of Sociology 2018 Achievements Award Ceremony

Date posted: May 10th, 2018

At this year’s Department of Sociology Achievements Award Ceremony, 15 students were initiated into the AKD Sociology Honor Society and 11 students were recipients of Undergraduate Awards. The Gene S. …Read more.

Sociology presentations at the NCSA Conference

Date posted: May 10th, 2018

Four undergraduates and two graduate students presented at the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on April 5-18. …Read more.

Sociology Major awarded research position at the Summer Education Research Program

Date posted: May 10th, 2018

Calvin Gibson, a sophomore Sociology major, was awarded a prestigious research position at the Summer Education Research Program at University of Wisconsin – Madison. He will work for ten weeks with faculty member studying the effects of differing levels of parental involvement on students in urban and suburban schools.


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