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.

Sociology alum Makela Hayford named Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow

Makela Hayford (BA 2018) has been invited to participate as a Fellow in the 2018-19 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows program. Only nine Fellowships were awarded from an applicant pool drawn from 18 states. As a Fellow, Makela will support the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable Cleveland...

CWRU Sociology Scholarship has Big Impact at GSA meeting

Again this year, CWRU Sociology faculty and doctoral students were highly visible throughout the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.  Four faculty and 10 doctoral students presented 18 papers and posters on a range of topics related to age, aging and the life course.  Dale Dannefer co-organized...

Dannefer article is springboard for special issue of Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences

JGSS Editor Debby Carr has issued a call for a paper submissions for a special issue of the journal on the current state of research on cumulative dis/advantage processes over the life course. An invited article by Dale Dannefer assessing the legacy of CDA and its future in the discipline...

Sociology alum Donte Gibbs featured on WKYC3

Sociology alum Donte Gibbs (BA 2010) was featured on WKYC3 for his efforts in giving back to East Cleveland families over the holidays. Working with a grant from Neighborhood Connections, Donte's team "Donte's Gift Express" plans to hit the streets this holiday season passing out about 500 gifts to...

Eva Kahana will speak at Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group

This Friday, November 9, Eva Kahana will deliver a lecture entitled "Too much trust? Older patients and their doctors."  The lecture is part of the Center for Policy Studies Public Affairs Discussion Group and will take place from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library.

Susan Hinze and Brian Gran participate in Viewpoint Forum

On October 30, Susan Hinze and Brian Gran participated in the Viewpoint Forum "Sex on campus: Sexual misconduct, #MeToo and a pathway forward." The forum was moderated by Susan Hinze and the discussion panel was composed of Brian Gran, Ronnie Dunn, Sondra Miller, and Lisa Nielson. The event was hosted by the Office...


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