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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Professor Danielle Czarnecki Joins Department as Visiting Assistant Professor

In August, Danielle Czarnecki  will be joining the department for the 2022-2023 school year as a Visiting Assistant Professor. This fall, she will be teaching SOCI 311 (Health, Illness, and Social Behavior) and SOCI 306/406 (Social Inquiry). Professor Czarnecki received her PhD in Sociology from University of Michigan and was...

Professor Dale Dannefer Steps Down as Department Chair after 16 Years of Service

After 16 years of service, Professor Dale Dannefer, Selah Chamberlain Professor of Sociology, stepped down as Department Chair. Under his leadership, the department has grown and flourished, including the development of a new specialization in Social Inequality.  His service and leadership have been instrumental to the success of its programs,...

Professor Gary Retires after 29 Years at CWRU

Professor Gary Deimling, valued teacher and mentor to generations of CWRU sociology majors and graduate students and valued colleague to faculty across the university, announced his decision to retire at the end of the spring term (effective June 30, 2022). Professor Deimling has been widely appreciated as a welcoming...

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...

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 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...

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...