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Earn your Sociology degree at UA.

Sociology is the study of society and social frameworks within which we live our lives. It is a study of social life at every level, from two-person relationships to the rise and fall of nations and civilizations in an extended examination of the ways societies work— or fail to work.


What is Sociology?

Sociology is the science of social behavior, human connection, and social institutions. Social scientists study the human condition of our fundamental need to connect with others.

In our sociology program at UA you will learn:

  • How to see and understand the world with greater clarity, using cutting edge social science methodology.
  • How social institutions like, healthcare, law, family, and education impact our lives directly and indirectly.
  • The tools necessary to address the systems of inequality and how to create solutions.

Undergraduate degrees

BA in Sociology – with multiple focus areas

Minor in Sociology – completes all general requirements

Certificate in Research Methods for the Social Sciences

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Sociology careers

When you learn the tools necessary to make a real impact and be a positive force in our complex world, you will have a dynamic and rewarding career.

What can you do with a Sociology degree


Our graduates share how their sociology education propels them forward professionally and why they highly recommend Sociology at The University of Akron to you.

Sociology degree graduate from The University of Akron

Megan Delong
B.S. Sociology, Criminology & Law Enforcement '18

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Sociology degree graduate from The University of Akron

Keyona Rogers
B.S. Sociology, Criminology & Law Enforcement '17

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Sociology degree graduate from The University of Akron

Hannah Horrigan
B.A. Sociology, '17

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Sociology degree graduate from The University of Akron

John Livigni
B.A. Sociology, '17

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Dedicated faculty

Our faculty & staff are invested in you now and beyond UA. The department is a welcoming environment for all, where we respect and celebrate our diversity both in people and in subject matter.

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Teaching, hands-on experience & networking

As part of our curriculum, you will participate in research and unique courses. Plus, our proximity to agencies and businesses in Akron provide ample opportunities to intern and network in various fields.

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We have four areas of concentration in our department:

  • Medical sociology and mental health
  • Social inequalities
  • Social psychology
  • Criminology and deviance

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Sociology events

Health, Wellness, and Justice in the Time of COVID

Brown bag seriesA Sociology Virtual Brownbag Series

A sociological perspective can help us understand the global pandemic that has altered our lives. Our series of talks address the social nature of COVID-19, including the critical role social institutions, structures and individuals play in how COVID is addressed in our lived realities.

UA Interdisciplinary Symposium (UA-IS) Theme — Resilience

April 21, 2021 | Virtual
More details about UA-IS

UA-IS will present awards to the top posters from each of the colleges. The best undergraduate student poster and runner up will receive an award and cash prize.

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Department contacts

Dr. Rebecca Erickson, Chair

Dr. Stacey Nofziger, Director, undergraduate studies

Dr. Lia Chernevak-Wiley, Academic Adviser

Stefanie Shatrich, Administrative Assistant

Contact us

Department of Sociology
Olin Hall 247 (map)
Akron, OH 44325-1905

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