Recent News from the Sociology Department

  • What you can do with a Sociology Major


    Hanna Horrigan, Class of 2017

    My ultimate goal when I chose Sociology as a major was to help others.  Post-graduation, I began my career in helping others at the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, at their Reach Opportunity Center serving the Summit Lake Neighborhood. Now, thanks to the professionalism and networking skills I acquired through the Sociology Club, I will begin as the Coordinator of Outreach for the ZipAssist Office in Simmons Hall. As Coordinator of Outreach, I will be a resource for students who are on the verge of dropout at the University.  I am so grateful for the inspiration and mentor-ship I received from both my professors and colleagues during my time at UA. It pays off to take advantage of the resources within your department! I advise all students to get involved in a club, research, or other student organizations. My skills acquired from Sociology Club sure helped me with my career options!

  • UA begins training next generation of crime fighters
    Our students can pursue two new bachelor’s degrees: Criminal Intelligence Analysis and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Spring 2018 AKD Events

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  • Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium Abstracts Due February 8th
    Send Your Students to the Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium
    Oberlin College Hosts the 5th Annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium on April 14th 2018. This year our theme is #sociology: as relevant as ever. The symposium will showcase the scholarly work of undergraduates from across the region with interests in sociology, criminology/criminal justice, gender studies, LQBTQI studies, Black studies, Pan-African studies, environmental studies, Latinx studies, Asian studies, as well as a range of other social sciences. The conference will provide students with an opportunity to present their work as part of a poster, panel, or roundtable session. We are dedicated to providing a friendly and supportive forum which students and faculty from a large number of colleges and universities can network and exchange ideas.
    To submit, students need only prepare a short abstractWe also encourage students to submit full papers to our paper competition (winners will be announced at the meeting and receive a cash prize).
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    Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Stephen J. Scanlan, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. The title of his talk is “Sociology and Its Discontents: The Ongoing Significance, Persistence, and Necessity of the SociologicalImagination”.
    If you have any questions, please email us at
    The deadline for submissions of ABSTRACTS FOR PRESENTATIONS is February 8th, 2018

  • Dr. Peralta joining editorial board at Social Problems

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