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.


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...

Sociology alum Makela Hayford named Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow

Makela Hayford (BA 2018) has been invited to participate as a Fellow in the 2018-19 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows program. Only nine Fellowships were awarded from an applicant pool drawn from 18 states. As a Fellow, Makela will support the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable Cleveland...

CWRU Sociology Scholarship has Big Impact at GSA meeting

Again this year, CWRU Sociology faculty and doctoral students were highly visible throughout the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.  Four faculty and 10 doctoral students presented 18 papers and posters on a range of topics related to age, aging and the life course.  Dale Dannefer co-organized...

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APRIL 4 | Sociology Colloquium featuring Tey Meadow

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.

MARCH 19 | AKD APPLICATION DEADLINE

NOW ACCEPTING SPRING 2019 INDUCTION APPLICATIONS for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, Iota Chapter of Ohio, International Sociology Honor Society!

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 19, 2019.

MARCH 4 | Sociology Colloquium featuring Edward H. Thompson, Jr.

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.