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.


ECRC NIH funded study featured in the Daily

Eva Kahana was recently featured in The Daily in "The trust older patients place in doctors can compromise their medical care: study." The article discusses findings from an NIH funded research study in which data was collected from a diverse pool of 806 older adults from a large retirement...

Aldon Morris Colloquium

You are invited to join the Department of Sociology on Monday, October 15, 2018 for "W. E. B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter" presented by Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University. Professor Morris's current...

Eva and Jeffrey Kahana guest lecturers of CWRU Laura and Alvin Siegel Lifelong Learning Program

Eva Kahana and Jeffrey Kahana, authors of the 2017 book “Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults” will be delivering an evening lecture on August 7, 2018 at the Siegel Beachwood Facility. The lecture, “From Challenges to Opportunities: Rethinking Disability in Old Age,” will be based on...

Mary Erdmans

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

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. Mary will be affiliated with the university of Gdansk and while in Poland she will be collecting interviews with return migrants and conducting archival research at the...

Sociology undergraduates featured in art|sci magazine

Sociology undergraduate students Erin Buttars, Victoria Hamilton, Sarah Jammal, and Sharmayne Schaffer were featured in the Spring | Summer 2018 issue of art|sci magazine. The article entitled "A sense of urgency: undergraduate  researchers turn a sociological lens on pressing social problems" can be read in full here. CONGRATULATIONS Erin, Tori,...

Congratulations to our award winning graduate students

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. Please join us in congratulating them ! The Richard A. Zdanis Research Fellowship Award Casey Albitz The Marie Haug Award Brian...

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