Groups, Communities & Societies

The study of society and the social frameworks within which we live our lives. Sociology 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.

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In Sociology 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.

Try Introduction to Sociology and read more about other classes in our program.


Why Sociology?

Sociologists understand and explain people's behavior and conflicts from the outside-in. Our classes guide you into solving problems with a new perspective:

  • How social institutions like healthcare, law, family, and education impact our lives.
  • The tools necessary to address the systems of inequality and create solutions.


Our Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (3 Offered)
    • Health & Society Concentration
    • Social Justice Concentration
  • Minor in Sociologycompletes all General Ed. requirements
  • Certificate in Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Certificate in Conflict Transformation and Social Entrepreneurship


Jumpstart Your Future!

Dive into a career where you can make a difference! With a Sociology degree from The University of Akron, you're not just earning a certification—you're unlocking doors to diverse careers while strengthening critical analysis and problem-solving skills. Join our alumni who are reshaping their industries, from healthcare to national security, with sociological insights and solutions.


Experience It & Excel

The real world is the best classroom! As a part of UA's sociology curriculum, students may complete:

  • Internships
  • Sociology Research

Our proximity to organizations in Akron provides ample opportunities to work in various fields.

Impact YOUR Community!


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.


Sociology Classes

Take courses to gain unique sociological perspectives and solutions to problems of public health, opportunity, and wealth disparities.

Contact BCAS advising today!



Four areas of concentration:

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


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

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