Department of Sociology at The University of Akron



Join us for our department’s 2017-2018 Lecture Series, where scholars at UA and across the region share innovations in teaching and research. All are welcome to these events! All events are held in Newman 276 in Olin Hall unless otherwise noted. More events will be added!

October 6th (Friday, 12-1:30): Getting ready for the job market (Janette Dill and Joann Xi)

November 3rd (Friday, 12-1:30): Co-authoring with graduate students (Rob Peralta)

December 1st (Friday, 12-1:30): Using the Center for the History of Psychology in the classroom (Jodi Kearns)

February 2 (Friday, 12-1:30): Discussion on plagiarism, less by Adrianne Frech and Becky Erickson

March 2 (Friday, 12-1:30): Deborah Kwak, Malone University

April 6 (Friday, 12-1:30): Susan Fisk, Kent State 

April 20 (Friday, 12-1:30): Jorge M. Chavez, Bowling Green University (Student Union Theater)

Questions or suggestions? Email Dr. Janette Dill at


Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905

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

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  • 3850:365 ST:  Sociology Through Film:  Enjoy movies?  Need three-credit hours of a Sociology or upper-level elective?  This is the class for you! Students will put sociology into practice by watching and analyzing select Hollywood films.  Topics include:  Class, race, gender and sexuality, globalization, crime and deviance, the environment, and social movements.

Intercession 2018 - May 21st-June 10th - 100% ON-LINE

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Questions? Contact Dr. Feltey at 330-972-6877 or

Recent News from the Sociology Department

  • 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).
    You can also follow and like us on Facebook: https//
    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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  • February 2nd Brown Bag




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Welcome to Sociology!

The Department of Sociology at The University of Akron is an active community of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members who apply the tools of sociology to better understand and improve our ever changing and complex world.   As teachers and scholars, we work to create a welcoming environment for all.  We respect and celebrate our diversity as we collectively pursue inclusive excellence in learning and teaching.
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Sociology is a social science involving the study of social life.  We examine the social origins and consequences of human interaction, social inequalities, and social change.  As sociologists, we study topics spanning the social structure of intimate families, complex organizations, and the sociology of violence, crime and deviance.  Our topics also include the sociology of altruism, the sociology of health and health behavior, the sociology of work, the sociology of substance abuse and the sociology of social psychology.  As sociologists, we use many different scientific methods to study social life that range from in-depth interviews, archival research, and statistical modeling of survey data.  Our sociology courses provide students with empirically based and theoretically rich perspectives on our social world that are distinctive from other disciplines. If these topics and this perspective interest you, stop by our department and meet our award-winning faculty!  We look forward to meeting you.