Department of Sociology at The University of Akron



Join us for our department’s Fall Lecture Series, where scholars at UA and across the region share innovations in teaching and research. All are welcome to these events, which will be held in Olin 276 from 12-1:30pm.

September 2: Jodi Henderson-Ross

October 7: Adrianne Frech

November 4: Medora Barnes, John Carroll University

December 2: Christopher Dum, Kent State University

Questions or suggestions? Email Dr. Frech at


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Akron, OH 44325-1905

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8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 in summer)

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News about our department

Masculine men, women might be more likely to abuse prescription drugs, UA study finds

The Akron Beacon Journal reports on a new study conducted here finding that young men and women who exhibit stereotypical masculine traits might be more at risk of abusing prescription drugs. Full story.

Recent Headlines

  • Collaboration between faculty and former graduate students

    Associate professor Stacey Nofziger and former graduate students Rachel Stein (now at West Virginia University) and Nicole Rosen (now at Penn State Behrend) have collaborated on a study children's and caseworker's reports of physical violence. Click to read more about their study. 

  • Guest Lecture on Zen and Health
    Guest Lecture on Zen and Health

    In May, a Zen monk Van. Dengjue visited us and gave a talk on “Zen and Health”. He encouraged us to be mindful about our body, our action and our emotion to build a positive environment around us individually and collectively. He also emphasized that compassion, or seeing the suffering of others is the way to solve problems and conflicts in our life. 

  • Assistant professor Adrianne Frech's research featured in Harvard Business Review

    Dr. Adrianne Frech and her colleague Sarah Damaske recently had their research on women's work patterns featured in the Harvard Business Review. You can read the article here.

  • Sociology Club Attends NCSA

    IMG_2637Many members of the Sociology Club presented at the North Central Sociology Association annual meeting in Chicago in March!

  • Does it Cost Men to Care?

    UA's Dr. Janette Dill has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts and California State University, Fullerton, to examine whether the "glass escalator" helps to raise mens' wages when they work in feminized occupations. Usually feminized occupations - and particularly care work occupations - have lower wages as compared to other occupations, even when accounting for education and skill. However, men typically advance quickly in feminized occupations, which may help to compensate for the overall devaluation of these occupations. 


1. Sociology of Health and Illness; 3850:342

Ever wondered why women live longer than men? Why do so many other nations have national health care when the US does not? What is it like to work in a hospital or to be a patient? Why are there so many new drug ads every year? Is ADHD a real problem or are people just medicating their kids? In this class, we will explore these questions and more. We will discuss what sociological research and theory have to say about population health, the social-political context of health care, and the very nature of health and illness.

2. Sociology of The Hunger Games (30% on line); 3850:365

This course is designed to study two areas of central interest in sociology: 1) social inequality, and 2)collective behavior and social movements. These are critical areas of sociological inquiry because we live in a world defined by systems of inequality, globally and nationally, and social movements are a major force for creating (and resisting) social change. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is the case study we will use to develop and apply sociological skills of observation and analysis of inequality and social change.

3. The Sociology of Aging (30% online); 3850:343-001

This is a productive course for any major in our aging society. And, it is a core course for the inter-disciplinary Certificate in Gerontology offered by the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. Students can use other courses for the certificate to fulfill upper level elective degree requirements. This gives an extra area of expertise and additional skills for resumes and graduate school applications.

4. Skills for Community Engagement