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 such interdisciplinary Departments and Centers as Pan African Studies, Public Health, Environmental Studies, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Faculty also have connections with Northeast Ohio Medical University and other medical centers in Akron and Cleveland. Sociology faculty at the 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.


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.


If you are interested in knowing more about our online MA program, please call 844-234-4073 or visit our website.

Sociology Undergraduate Research Awards

The Department of Sociology congratulates twelve undergraduate Sociology students on their invitation to present at the KSU Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9, 2019 and the Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) on April 13, 2019, at Oberlin College


Karina Branch (Mentors:  Nicole Rousseau and Clare Stacey)

Black Women’s Lives: Mental Health


Megan Betts (Mentors:  Nicole Rousseau and Clare Stacey)

Black Like Us: How Black queer Youth Navigate Spaces that Simultaneously Celebrate and Erase their Intersecting Identities


Jenna Bloom (Mentor:  Clare Stacey)

Exploring the Benefits of Palliative Care for Young Adults 


Tyler Coy (Mentor: Manacy Pai)

Race and Socioeconomic Disparities in Organ Type, Recovery and Readmission in Kidney Transplant Recipients


Tristan Davis (Mentor:  Chris Dum)

A Deviant Sense of Belonging


Daiyajot Grewal and Emily Catchpole (Mentor: Dick Adams)

Factors Impacting Ex-Offenders’ Employment Status and Household Income 


Christina Watson (Mentor:  Kristen Marcussen)

Perceptions of Homeschooling


McKenzie Palmer (Mentor:  Tim Owens)

Veteran Transitions: From Soldier to Student


Meghan Haney (Mentor:  Greg Gibson)

Student Perceptions of Crime at Kent State University


Lymrick Cheshire

The Impact of Names on Individuals in Society


Emily Bragg (Mentor:  Anthony VanderHorst)

Lockdown: A Closer Look Into a School Shooting