Sociology

Sociology Fundamentals

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

  • Sociology students acquire social science research skills and cover the theories and methods of sociology.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement is available.

Professional Preparation

Studying sociology prepares students for

  • careers requiring research skills and training;
  • work in community and social services;
  • jobs in the criminal justice field; and
  • graduate training in sociology.

Our Faculty

  • are award-winning teachers;
  • conduct research on topics such as crime and media, altruism, work and family, violence and victims, and immigration; and
  • serve as advisers to student groups on campus, including Sociology Club, L.I.P. Service and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

In sociology, students learn methods and techniques of research and have the opportunity to apply these skills through the Active Research Methods Laboratory.

    Real-word Experience

    Gain practical professional experience through the internship program in sociology.

    Recent placements include:

    • Akron Police Department
    • U.S. Marshals
    • National Security Agency
    • City of Akron Law Department
    • Stow Municipal Court
    • Summit County Sheriff's Department
    • Summit County Courts
    • Oriana House
    • University of Akron Police Department
    • The Timken Company
    • Community Support Services
    • Community Drug Board
    • ATF investigator
    • probation officer
    • battered women's counselor
    • rape crisis counselor

    Sociology Student Organizations

    Interact with other sociology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

    • Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology honorary)
    • Sociology Club

    Curriculum Guide


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    Department of Sociology

    Contact: Dr. Matthew Lee

    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    A degree in sociology opens the door to many career opportunities.

    Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:

    • teaching
    • research and administration in the public and private sector
    • social service agencies
    • personnel work
    • corrections
    • civil service

    Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers in:

    • law
    • business
    • architecture
    • medicine
    • social work
    • politics
    • colleges and universities
    •  top-level research and administrative posts

    Career Outlook

    Opportunities are expected to grow in the field of sociology.

    A&S Careers Program

    Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

    • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
    • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
    • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
    • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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