Merrill Hall

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is a place where faculty, students and staff gather in classrooms, offices, conference rooms and hallways, in pursuit of a richer understanding of the world in which we live. The Department has degree offerings at the associates, bachelors, master’s and doctoral levels, in a variety of areas of study, and offers classes at all eight campuses as well as online.


At the Kent campus, Merrill Hall is the center of learning activities, where classroom space, lecture halls, faculty offices, an advising center and a student lounge support a bustling intellectual community.


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 associates or bachelors level.

Recent Professional Accomplishments:

Carla Goar

Bobbi Reidinger, along with Dr. Carla Goar, received $3,500 from KSU’s University Research Council to conduct experiments for a project titled, Weight as Status: An Expansion of Status Characteristics Theory.

Carla Goar and Jenny Davis (James Madison University) received $7,000 from the ASA’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline program for their project, Moral Stigma: Race, Disability, and Body Size.

Lydia Rose