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About Department of Sociology

Lutz HallThe Department of Sociology focuses its research and teaching around the theme of diversity and inequality - the significant ways in which people and groups differ from one another, particularly in terms of social characteristics/categories. Such a focus allows us to advance a deeper understanding of differences among peoples, which is essential to the implementation of fair social policy and democratic society.

A degree in sociology (bachelor'smaster's, and/or doctoral) can lead to a variety of careers, especially given the skills inherent in liberal arts training. As our world continuously evolves, sociology students are well prepared to offer insight into these changes and how best to accommodate them.   


Join us for our last Spring 2014 Brown Bag on Thursday, April 24 when three of our graduate students will present their papers for upcoming conferences.  They include:  Kent Pugh (MA student), "Down Comes the Mountain: Coal Mining and Health in Central Appalachia from 2000 to 2010"; Christa Moore (PhD student), "J-Curve? A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Parity and Parental Mortality"; and Heidi Williams (PhD student), "Is She the Boss of Us? Maternal Grandmothers and Father Identity in Fragile Families."  The Brown Bag will be held at 12:30 PM in the large conference room of the Sociology Department (132 Lutz Hall).


Latest NEWS:  In March, 2014, The Department of Sociology was awarded a "Seal of Excellence" from the Sociologists for Women in Society organization.  The award recognizes "departments that have shown a commitment to both the presence of women faculty and the importance of gender/inequality scholarship." 




















(Sociology is not affiliated with the Kent School of Social Work)

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