Sociology has a long history at the University of Akron. Our Department began offering undergraduate degrees in 1934 when we separated from the Department of Economics. An M.A. degree was approved in 1963, with our first master’s degree awarded in 1966. In 1973, we received approval for a joint Ph.D. program between the University of Akron and Kent State University. Our first doctoral degrees were awarded in 1979.
Presently, we are a dynamic and productive community of faculty, staff and students. At the undergraduate level, we offer two baccalaureate degrees: sociology and sociology/criminology and law enforcement. Approximately 60 percent of our 500 active majors are in criminology and law enforcement. In addition to graduate study in sociology and law school, our graduates have secured careers as Federal agents (e.g. U.S. Secret Service, the FBI), marketing, sales, public administration, community development, health care, and academia.
At the graduate level, both faculty and students specialize in four areas: criminology/deviance; inequality; medical sociology/mental health, and social psychology. Our research covers, among others, such topics as immigration; homicide; emotional labor; alcoholism and drug abuse; interpersonal and family violence; race; gender; organizational deviance; and work and mental health. Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates work in the public and private sector, along with teaching at universities and colleges throughout the country.
Please look through our web page to learn more about the department. I encourage prospective undergraduate and graduate students to e-mail or visit.
The primary mission of the Department of Sociology is to produce and disseminate sociological knowledge. The Department requires that each of its constituencies be able to demonstrate concretely that they support this mission. For Ph.D. students, the mission is reflected in the acquisition of sociological research and teaching skills, the expeditious completion of the degree, and the production of an independent, original dissertation. For M.A. students, it is demonstrated by the ability to attain and maintain currency in the field and to apply the knowledge obtained to societal problems. Placement objectives: Our graduate program provides leaders in college and university education, research, and policy planning and assessment in major community agencies, businesses, government, and health care organizations in Ohio, nationally and internationally.