Sociology is a field that studies basic human and social processes in the context of the complex realities of a rapidly changing world. CWRU’s Department of Sociology offers undergraduate concentrations in Crime, Law and Justice, Gender, Work and Family, Health, Medicine, and Aging, and Social Inequality. The Department encourages interaction between students and faculty by offering many opportunities for individualized study and participation in research projects and other field-based learning experiences. The Department has a long history of offering a friendly, student-centered culture, for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to pursuing doctoral study in sociology, many of our recent graduates pursued graduate studies in the fields of medicine, law and social work. The breadth of knowledge and perspective provided by majoring in sociology is viewed favorably by researchers and employers in many fields including management and industry, health care, human resources, social work and education.


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Cielle Brady Receives Prestigious Internship

Cielle Brady, a sociology undergraduate student, has been selected for a Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship with East End Neighborhood House Association. The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides students and recent graduates with 11-week, full-time, paid summer internships, working with Cleveland nonprofit and public sector organizations. East End Neighborhood House (East...

2022 Graduate Student Awards

Three sociology graduate students were recognized during an award ceremony on April 26, 2022. Casey Albitz: Graduate Dean's Instructional Excellence Award Polina Ermoshkina: Ruth Barber Moon Award Poshan Dahal: Marie Haug Award Each spring, faculty and staff nominate students from their department for awards offered through the School of Graduate Studies. The Graduate...

Professor Jessica Kelley Receives 2022 John S. Diekhoff Award

Sociology Professor Jessica Kelley was honored with the 2022 John S. Diekoff Award for Graduate Teaching for her outstanding approach in the classroom, especially related to statistics and research methods. Her classes begin with the reassurance, "Statistics can be learned by everyone." Professor Kelley empowers students to feel confidence...

2022 AKD Initiates and Undergraduate Award Recipients Recognized

In 2022, five students were initiated into the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society and 13 students were recipients of Undergraduate Awards. The 2022 AKD initiates and award recipients were recognized in a ceremony on April 22, 2022. This year's AKD initiates were Mya-Ariel Blake, Kathryn Jennie Freeman,...

Colloquium Speaker Beth Richie Discusses Abolition Feminism

On April 8, 2022, the Department of Sociology hosted its second spring colloquium. Dr. Beth Richie delivered her lecture, Anti-Violence Scholarship and Racial Justice Activism: Reflections on Abolition Feminism, at 10:30 am in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 115. To hear more on the...

Eroding Mass Incarceration: Pursuing Abolitionism in Ohio

The Western Reserve Abolitionist Project (WRAP), a new student group that emerged out of Professor Tim Black’s course, Racial Inequality and Mass Imprisonment in the US, launched in the spring of 2022. The group hosted their first event on April 11, 2022. The event, entitled Eroding Mass Incarceration: Pursuing Abolitionism...

Colloquium Speaker Kamesha Spates Looks at Suicide in the Black Community

On February 25, 2022, the Department of Sociology hosted the first of the spring colloquiums. Professor Kamesha Spates delivered her lecture, Built for Pressure?: A Closer Look at Suicide in the Black Community, in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center.

Professor Kamesha Spates is an Associate Sociology Professor at Kent State University and the founder and director for the Racial Justice and Health Equity Research and Education Collaborative. She published, “What Don’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Black Women on Suicide” which revealed positive life strategies underlying black women’s resilience. Read more…

Socio-Technology of Cyber Security: An Experiential Learning Course

In November 2021, CWRU, member of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) initiative of New America, received $270,000 in grant awards. PIT-UN funding was awarded to Sociology Professor Brian Gran and An Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Data Sciences, to create a new, multidisciplinary course “Socio-Technology of Cyber Security: An Experiential Learning Course.” Click here to read more.