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 Ph.D. student Casey Albitz was recognized in The New York times for her work the with housing court, which is also the basis for her dissertation. Casey's Works-in-Progress, the chance to learn more about her dissertation, is scheduled in February within the Department of Sociology.
In collaboration with Kim Anderson (Department of Physical Medicine and MetroHealth), the Department of Sociology’s Anne Bryden, Brian Gran and Sue Hinze recently learned that the Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program is funding their project entitled, “Perspectives on Recovery and Interventions to Restore Function Across the First Year of Spinal Cord Injury.” The $803,000 award supports research that compares needs of Veterans who have experienced spinal cord injury, as well as needs of those Veterans’ caregivers, with civilians and their caretakers, during the first year of injury as they attempt to reintegrate into the community.
In the article, “Shopping while black’: yes, bias against black customers is real,” Pittman Claytor shares important insight on why black consumers continue to encounter racism when they are merely trying to spend their money. It is an extension of her work on the everyday forms of discrimination that black consumers encounter in the marketplace and calls out retail stores for institutional practices that perpetuate the practice.
Heather Hurwitz has been named a Freedman Fellow for 2019-2020 for her project entitled “Digitizing the Occupy Movement Archive to Create Research and Teaching Resources.” Heather will develop a public searchable database for the most comprehensive archive of documents surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read the full article...
Seven students were initiated into the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society and thirteen students were recipients of Undergraduate Awards during the Sociology department’s 2019 Achievements Awards Ceremony. The Gene S. Uyeki Memorial Lecture, “Sociology as an Everyday Practice,” was delivered by Assistant Professor of Sociology from...