DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 in summer)
Department of Sociology
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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.
GREAT SOCIOLOGY COURSES TO CONSIDER FOR SPRING 2019
(16804) 3850:321-001 Population* (3 Credits) Tu/Th - 8:45am to 10:00am
Prerequisite: 3850:100 or permission. An introduction to world and national population trends, related demographic and social characteristics. Topics include fertility, mortality, morbidity, migration, abortion, birth control, population policy in relation to societal problems. Lecture. *Will fulfill Gen Ed Tier 3 – Global Diversity
(16344) 3850:340-801 The Family** (3 Credits) TuTh - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Prerequisite: 3850:100. Analysis of family as a social system; historical, comparative and contemporary sociological approaches examined in relation to family structure and functions. Lecture. **Web-based (31-99% Online)
(16345) 850:431-001 Corrections (3 Credits) TuTh - 10:15am to 11:30am
Prerequisite: 3850:330 or 3850:430. Theories, beliefs and practices of community and institutional corrections systems, including past and current social research. Course taken prior to 3 credit hour Field Placement in Corrections (3850:471).
Recent News from the Sociology Department
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE!
The following doctoral candidates have passed their dissertations and are now "Drs." Please wish them well and thank them for their never-ending loyalty and strong contributions to The University of Akron:
Dr. Courtney Blue - Vaccine Coverage and Socioeconomic Status: A test of fundamental cause theory
Dr. Beth Campbell - Using Protective Orders to Combat Intimate Partner Violence: Are They Effective and Does Race Matter?
Dr. Katherine Newton - Examining the Impact of Military Experience on Crime: Issues of Race and the Life Course. Dr. Newton has accepted a position as a Statistical Analyst for American Greetings! Congratulations on your new job!
Dr. Corey Stevens - The Bariatric Bodies Project
Ph.D. student authors journal article
James Carter, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, has had an article titled “The Association Between Ethnic Identity and Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use Among A Sample of College Students: Does a Sense of Ethnic Belonging Matter?” accepted for publication in the academic journal Substance Use and Misuse. The journal incorporates research from various disciplines to inform theory and policy related to the use and abuse of drugs/alcohol.
Working alongside Dr. Robert L. Peralta and Dr. Juan Xi, both associate professors in sociology, Carter’s research examined the relationship between ethnic identity and the misuse of prescription drugs among college students. Findings from the piece indicate that a stronger sense of ethnic identity may reduce the likelihood of prescription drug misuse among racial/ethnic minorities.
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.