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.


Kara Young Colloquium

You are invited to join the Department of Sociology on Friday, April 26 for “Food Schemas and the Psychic Differential of Eating” presented by Kara Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University. The lecture will be held in Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center,...

2019 Sociology Awards Ceremony

The Department of Sociology 2019 Achievements Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM. At this year's ceremony we will recognize students being initiated into the Sociology Honor Society and students who are recipients of undergraduate awards. Kara Young, Assistant Professor in the Department...

Tey Meadow Colloquium

You are invited to join the Department of Sociology on Thursday, April 4, 2019 for “Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century” presented by Tey Meadow, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Columbia University. The lecture will be held in Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 108 from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Lunch...

Jessica Kelley appointed Co-Editor of ARGG book series

Jessica Kelley has been appointed Co-Editor, with Professor Roland J. Thorpe of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, of the book series Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing).  In each of their five years in the term, Drs. Kelley and Thorpe will select the theme for the...

Edward H. Thompson, Jr Colloquium

You are invited to join the Department of Sociology on Monday, March 4, 2019 for “Never-Aging Masculinities Give Way to Aging Masculinities” presented by Edward H. Thompson, Jr., Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross and Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University. The lecture will be held in Mather Memorial Room 201,...

Book by Eva Kahana receives Outstanding Academic Title honor

Eva Kahana's recent book, Disability and aging: learning from both to empower the lives of older adults, received Outstanding Academic Title recognition from Choice, the publishing unit for a division of the American Library Association. Choice publishes a prestigious list of Outstanding Academic Titles each year. The list is...

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APRIL 25 | DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY ACHIEVEMENTS CEREMONY

The Department of Sociology 2019 Achievements Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. At this year’s ceremony we will recognize students being initiated into the Sociology Honor Society and students who are recipients of undergraduate awards. Invitations will be sent out soon….save the date!

APRIL 26 | Sociology Colloquium featuring Kara Young

You are invited to join the Department of Sociology on Friday, April 26 for “Food Schemas and the Psychic Differential of Eating” presented by Kara Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University. The lecture will be held in Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 108 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Michelle Rizzuto at mrr5@case.edu by April 23.