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Sociology

WE HUMANS ARE SOCIAL CREATURES. WE LIVE AND WORK TOGETHER. BUILD FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, INSTITUTIONS, AND GOVERNMENTS. CREATE ELABORATE CUSTOMS, CULTURES AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES. AND THAT’S WHY SOCIOLOGY IS FASCINATING. IT’S A FIELD THAT CLOSELY EXAMINES ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF OUR SOCIAL BEHAVIOR – FROM INEQUALITY TO EMPLOYMENT, POVERTY TO CRIME, AGING TO FAMILY VIOLENCE – IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD.

IMPROVE OUR WORLD

When you major in sociology, you have unlimited career options. Employers in every field – business, government, education, health care and more – seek out people who have special insights into our world and our behavior. At ONU, we’ll expose you to many possible career paths and help you find one you’re passionate about.

The sociology program includes challenging and innovative courses in criminology, health and health care, social theory, research methods, and data analysis. Many courses include strong research and writing components. You’ll also build teamwork, communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills with lab work and hands-on experience in the field. 

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our sociology majors mentor juvenile offenders and assist professors with research. They study abroad and intern at social organizations and mental health institutions. They work with national datasets, lead student organizations, and present their research at regional and national conferences.

From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow sociology majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds – whether it’s attending graduate school or embarking on a job in your field of interest. The field is truly wide open!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Change a life for the better. ONU students and professors play a vital role in “Reclaiming Futures” – a model program for juvenile justice in nearby Kenton, Ohio. Instead of giving up on teenage offenders, Reclaiming Futures helps them to graduate from high school while rebuilding family relationships, conquering drug and alcohol addictions, and receiving mental health treatment. As a sociology major, you could help to support this innovative program by collecting and reporting data or mentoring the juvenile offenders. 

3 + 2 = GREAT OPPORTUNITY

A unique option for sociology majors is our 3 + 2 program with Case Western Reserve University. With this option, you complete your BA in sociology from ONU in just three years. Then you spend two years at Case Western Reserve University – generally recognized as one of the top social work graduate programs in the U.S. – and graduate with a Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA). 

DOUBLE UP

Sociology, in conjunction with another major, gives you an edge in the competitive job market. The sociology program was designed to make it easy for students to double major or receive a dual degree in sociology and almost any other field of study. In most cases, students can still graduate in four years.



Easter Keller

THINK SUCCESS

EASTER KELLER BA IN SOCIOLOGY AND CREATIVE WRITING ’09

“Sociology is a great major because it prepares you not only for the work force, but also for life in general. Everything you learn in this program can be applied to everyday life. The professors are so dedicated and encouraging that it creates an atmosphere where students want to learn, grow, try and succeed. What I enjoy most is the intrinsic value of helping people on a daily basis. Social work can be exhausting and frustrating and sometimes thankless. However, when I receive genuine gratitude from my clients, it’s the best feeling ever. Another perk of my job is that it’s incredibly flexible. I can work from home for up to 20 hours per week.”

Easter Keller majored in sociology and creative writing at ONU. While a student, she presented at national conferences, served as vice president of two honorary societies and met her future husband. After graduation, she obtained a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State University. Today, she works for the PASSPORT Program for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, helping to provide in-home services to elderly people so they can avoid nursing-facility placement. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • In the past three years, 82 percent of ONU’s graduates in psychology, sociology and criminal justice were in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Every year, several sociology students co-author papers or present research findings at academic conferences. 
  • Our sociology students get accepted into graduate schools at respected universities, including the University of Akron, the University of Delaware, Case Western Reserve University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Ohio State University.

COURSES

You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BA with a major in sociology. We encourage you to use your elective hours to add a second major or minor to develop skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers.

As a sociology major, foundation courses are complemented by courses like:

  • Social Stratification
  • Social Problems
  • Occupational Crime and Deviance
  • Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
  • Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

WHERE WILL YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Adoption agent 
  • Alcohol/drug counselor 
  • Child welfare worker 
  • College/university professor 
  • Community organizer 
  • Data analyst 
  • Family and marriage counselor 
  • Human resource specialist 
  • Lawyer 
  • Labor relations representative 
  • Non-profit agency director 
  • Public opinion surveyor 
  • Public health researcher
  • School counselor 
  • Social worker

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent sociology graduates have ended up: lab technician at the Cleveland Clinic, clinical trials coordinator at the Spielman Center at Ohio State; project specialist at District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, D.C.

Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

Robert Carrothers

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r-carrothers@onu.edu
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Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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