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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.


Two sociology students receive 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships

Date posted: May 23rd, 2017

Two sociology students receive 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships. Doctoral student, Lacey Caporale, received funding for her project “An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood.” Sociology major, MaryTherese Escueta, received funding for her project titled “I Do Wanna Dance: The Lived Experience of Professional Dancers of Color.”

Sociology students elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Date posted: May 15th, 2017

Sociology majors Connor Collins, Meghan Gibbons and Steven Reynolds and sociology minor Emily Peterson were elected to Case Western Reserve University Alpha of Ohio chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) national honor society this year. …Read more.

Congratulations to our award winning graduate students

Date posted: May 15th, 2017

This year, four graduate students received awards at the 2017 Graduate Award Ceremony.  The ceremony recognizes students for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 academic year. We are proud to share the news. …Read more.

The Department of Sociology 2017 Achievements Award Ceremony

Date posted: May 10th, 2017

At this year’s Department of Sociology Achievements Award Ceremony, 10 students were initiated into the AKD Sociology Honor Society and 12 students were recipients of Undergraduate Awards. This was also the first year that the lecture portion of the award ceremony was dedicated to Dr. …Read more.

Graduate student, Bradley Powell, wins first place at “Doing Intersectionality” Symposium co-organized by graduate student Erin K. Phelps

Date posted: May 5th, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the “Doing Intersectionality” Symposium, organized by Sociology graduate student Erin K. Phelps and Dashawn Hickman, celebrated LGBTQA+ centered work and the people that create it. Sociology graduate student, Bradley Powell, won first place in Oral Presentations for his paper “Power and Prevention: A Qualitative Inquiry into Racial Power Dynamics in HIV Prevention.” The event was sponsored by ACES+ McBride Lecture Endowment and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Alumni, Donte Gibbs, has been selected as the George Gund Foundation Fellow for 2017-2019

Date posted: April 10th, 2017

Donte Gibbs, the Youth Engagement Director at Neighborhood Leadership Institute, has been selected as The George Gund Foundation Fellow for 2017-2019. Donte received a B.A. in sociology from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 and a master’s degree in Social Science Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. The Fellows program will provide Donte the opportunity to work for two years inside the George Gund Foundation, a foundation that plays an active role in supporting the civic life of Greater Cleveland and in various national policy deliberations that impact our community.


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