Department of Sociology Greives Passing of Boaz Kahana

Boaz Kahana, Professor Eva Kahana's husband and soul mate for 58 years and a colleague, collaborator, mentor and valued friend to generations of CWRU Sociology faculty, students, staff and alumnae, passed away on November 6 at age 86.  Boaz was Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University, where he...

Sociology Colloquium: Prison Resistance: Inside/Outside Movements to Transform U.S. Prisons

On Wednesday November, 11th The Department of Sociology will host our second virtual colloquium of the fall semester, "Prison Resistance: Inside/Outside Movements to Transform U.S. Prisons". The pandemic has exposed the abhorrent and deadly conditions inside our prisons. Join us as a panel of scholars and activists discuss the...

Sociology’s First Virtual Colloquium: “Modern U.S. Racial Capitalism: History, Theory, and Lessons for the Present” with Dr. Charrise Burden-Stelly

On Friday, October 9th The Department of Sociology, along with The Department of History and African and African American Studies, hosted our first virtual colloquium of the semester. Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly spoke to faculty and students about the history of modern U.S. racial capitalism and its implications for the...

Jessica Kelley appointed Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences

On Monday, the Gerontological Society of America announced that Professor Jessica Kelley has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the JGSS for a four-year term.  The JGSS is the premier US journal of in the field of gerontology whose readership and contributions span multiple social science fields. Congratulations Professor Kelley!

Cassi Pittman Claytor named one of the top “100 People Transforming Business” by Business Insider Magazine

Case Western Reserve University Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cassi Pittman Claytor, was featured in Business Insider magazine as one of "100 People Transforming Business"  for her work with Sephora. Professor Claytor's research specializes in racism in retail. "For clients such as Sephora, Pittman Claytor's research team created models that demonstrate how...

Dr. Eva Kahana Recognized by CAS for New Journal

Sociology Professor Dr. Eva Kahana was recognized today in The College and Arts and Sciences newsletter for the publication and success of the inaugural issue of  the Journal of Elder Policy. "The goal of the journal is to showcase cutting-edge scholarship in the field of aging and the social sciences...

Sociology Alum Michael Flatt Featured on WKYC

Sociology alum Michael Flatt, PhD was featured on WKYC Channel 3 news discussing sociology and race. Dr. Flatt is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tri-C and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Bioethics at CWRU. Congratulations Dr. Flatt!

Professor Brian Gran named Jefferson Science Fellow

Sociology Professor Brian Gran, has been selected as a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF) by the U.S. Department of State. During his year-long fellowship, Gran, who has secondary appointments with the School of Law and Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied...

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.


EVENTS

Sociology Colloquium: Prison Resistance: Inside/Outside Movements to Transform U.S. Prisons

The pandemic has exposed the abhorrent and deadly conditions inside our prisons. Join us as a panel of scholars and activists discuss the history of prison movements and their prospects for addressing the crisis today.

Highlights

Fall 2020 Colloquium 

Watch the Department’s colloquium from October 9th, 2020 “Modern U.S. Racial Capitalism: History, Theory, and Lessons for the Present” with Dr. Charrise Burden-Stelly.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Read the Spring 2019 Sociology News newsletter

Graduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies