Sociologists study the workings of social phenomena – social unrest, sexuality, culture, inequality, social organization, healthcare, criminology, and related phenomena – by focusing on the social origins of the self, groups, and institutions.
Our faculty members are active researchers on questions regarding race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, deviance, global security, inequality, healthcare and mental health, labor and work, identity, and the institutions of family and religion. Our department also contributes to interdisciplinary departments and centers such as Pan African Studies, Public Health, and Environmental Studies. Faculty also have connections with Northeast Ohio Medical University and other medical centers in Akron and Cleveland. Sociology faculty at Kent State University are excellent teachers and productive scholars, who have won the University's highest teaching and research awards, received major grants, and published their research in the top journals and presses. We embrace a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including survey, ethnography, experiments, participant observation, and secondary data analysis, making your sociological experience here not only rigorous and creative, but socially relevant and engaged. In our empathy concerning issues of discrimination, the Department of Sociology has issued a statement which can be read here.
A REGIONAL EXPERIENCE
At regional campuses, dedicated faculty foster learning communities tailored to the unique culture of each campus. At many of these campuses, students enjoy smaller classes and the ability to obtain a degree at the associate's or bachelor's level.