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.
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.
- 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).
In sociology, students learn methods and techniques of research and have the opportunity to apply these skills through the Active Research Methods Laboratory.
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
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Degrees and Preparation
A degree in sociology opens the door to many career opportunities.
Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:
- research and administration in the public and private sector
- social service agencies
- personnel work
- civil service
Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers in:
- social work
- colleges and universities
- top-level research and administrative posts
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