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 religion and spirituality, teaching and learning, violence and victims, work and family, immigration, health and health care, work and organizations, and compassion and altruism; and
  • serve as advisors to student groups on campus, including Sociology Club, UNICEF,

    Women’s Basketball Club and Alpha Kappa Delta.


Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

In sociology, students learn methods and techniques of research and have the opportunity to apply these skills in classes that involve experiential learning and engagement in community-based research projects.

    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

    Sample Curriculum

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    For More Information:

    Department of Sociology

    Contact: Stefanie Shatrich

    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.

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.