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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.


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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.

Three sociology faculty promoted to the rank of professor

Date posted: August 22nd, 2017

Professors Mary Erdmans, Brian Gran and Jessica A. Kelley have been promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Sociology.   Congratulations all !!

Sociology students present at three major conferences

Date posted: August 22nd, 2017

Ten sociology graduate students and one undergraduate sociology major presented papers and posters at three major conferences this summer: the combined meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)/International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in San Francisco in July and at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the American Sociological Association (ASA), both in Montreal, in August. …Read more.

Dale Dannefer delivers two keynote addresses on inequality over the life course

Date posted: August 22nd, 2017

Dale Dannefer delivered an invited keynote address at the combined meeting of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in San Francisco in July, entitled “History, Biography and Age: Multiple Levels of Social Inequality.” The second, a lecture at the Conference on the Human Ecology of Social Inequality at the University of California, Davis, in May, entitled “Inequality in Human Development: Historical Trends, Life Course Processes.”

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