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.


Professors Erdmans and Black receive award for recent book

Date posted: August 19th, 2015

On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life before Pregnancy, co-authored by Professors Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black, received the Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award of the Association for Humanist Sociology. The awards committee unanimously selected On Becoming a Teen Mom  out of 70 submissions for its comprehensive methodology, humanist perspective, and demonstration of the relationships between, gender, power, race, and class on outcomes for teen moms. The committee also noted that the book is rigorously written and offers a compelling argument for social activists.

Two sociology faculty members elected officers for ASA

Date posted: July 31st, 2015

Two sociology faculty members were elected to national office in this Spring’s American Sociological Association (ASA) election.

Jessica Kelley-Moore was elected to the position of Chair-Elect of the Section on Aging and the Life Course. She will serve as Chair of the Section in 2016-2017. Jessica’s election to this important office continues a long tradition of Section leadership from CWRU faculty, several of whom have served as chair and in other leadership roles in the past.

Eva Kahana was elected to council of the Section on Disability in Society. This follows on her recent term as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Section.

Congratulations, Jessica and Eva !

Department Welcomes Dr. Áine Ní Léime

Date posted: June 5th, 2015

The Department of Sociology is very pleased to welcome Dr. Áine Ní Léime, a Research Fellow at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Dr. Ní Léime has been awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Union to study and conduct research here at CWRU for a two-year period.

Brian Gran assumes editorship of Societies Without Borders

Date posted: June 4th, 2015

Brian Gran is the new editor of Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published through Scholarly Commons of the Case Western Reserve University Law School.

Eva Kahana co-authors volume on health web science

Date posted: June 4th, 2015

Eva Kahana recently published Health Web Science, a co-authored monograph in the series Foundations and Trends in Web Science, with Now Publishers.

Jessica Kelley-Moore elected GSA officer

Date posted: June 4th, 2015

Jessica Kelley-Moore was elected a three-year term as Member-at-Large of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).


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