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.


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...

Dannefer addresses Canadian Association of Gerontology

On October 20, Dale Dannefer delivered a keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology held in Vancouver. Dale's talk was entitled "Opening the Social: Sociological Imagination, Age and the Life Course."

Professor Aldon Morris, author of The Scholar Denied delivers lecture and meets with department members

Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of acclaimed book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology,visited the Department of Sociology on October 14-15.

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.

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