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Department of Sociology at The University of Akron


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Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905

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

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Call for submissions for UA Interdisciplinary Symposium

Interdisciplinary Symposium, themed "Inclusion and Distinction Through Scholarship," will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballrooms. It is a student-driven event focused on showcasing the wide-ranging talents and abilities from all the disciplines represented at UA.

There is a call out for students to submit their scholarly or creative works. Submissions for the Interdisciplinary Symposium can be made online.

The symposium is free for students. Participating students are eligible to win an award and cash prize. Complete details are online.

Sponsors for the Interdisciplinary Symposium are:

  • EX[L] Center for Experiential Learning
  • Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of the Health Professions
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Applied Science and Technology

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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.

Recent News from the Sociology Department


    We are happy to announce that Dr. Rachel Stein, alum from UA, just became the President-Elect for the 2019 Council of NCSA - North Central Sociological Association.


  • 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.

Sociology of Sex & Gender Class, Fall 2018

The students in the Sex & Gender class researched a topic of interest - these ranged from wedding ceremonies to women in the military to dress codes in school to transgender identity.  The students read journal articles to learn the up-to-date research on their topic and then presented what they learned in a poster session sponsored by the EXL Center.  We had visitors from Introduction to Sociology classes, faculty and graduate students from the Sociology Department, and students studying for finals in the library.  It was a lively session with enthusiastic participation. One student presenter said she wished "all finals were like this."  Interested in learning more?  Visit the Sociology Department in 247 Olin Hall.  All are welcome!>

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