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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.


Accepting Applications for the International Sociology Honor Society

Date posted: February 21st, 2018

Membership applications are now being accepted to join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. If you meet the below qualifications, we encourage you to apply to join over 120,000 Sociologists who have been initiated into AKD.  …Read more.

Capstone Students Present Independent Research Projects

Date posted: December 22nd, 2017

On December 15th eleven sociology majors/minors presented their Senior Capstone Experience (SOCI 392) research project to the scientific community of Case Western Reserve University. …Read more.

Karie Feldman recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Advocate award

Date posted: October 27th, 2017

Karie Feldman was nominated by students and the recipient of one of the Outstanding Faculty Advocate awards. The award is awarded to faculty who create a culture of inclusion by assisting with the de-stigmatizing of disabilities and promoting self-advocacy. Congratulations!

Six undergraduate sociology majors participate in AACS Conference

Date posted: October 12th, 2017

Six undergraduate sociology majors participated in the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference student problem solving event. …Read more.

Symbolic Prejudice in an Inner-Ring Suburb: Class Conflict, Race, and the Fight Over Public School Funding

Date posted: October 6th, 2017

Undergraduate Sociology Major, Brittany Rabb, was one of four students featured in Think magazine for her SOURCE funded summer research project “Symbolic Prejudice in an Inner-Ring Suburb:  Class Conflict, Race, and the Fight Over Public School Funding.” …Read more.

Jessica Kelley Participates in City Club Panel on Affirmative Action

Date posted: September 29th, 2017

Jessica Kelley recently participated on an invited panel at Cleveland’s City Club, as part of the City Club Youth Forum series. The panel, which also included Dr. Maurice Stinnett, Vice President of Cleveland State University, and Mike Brickner, Senior Policy Director for ACLU of Ohio, discussed the current debate about affirmative action in college admission decisions. …Read more.

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