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The sociology major at Ohio State provides students with the scientific skills and social perspective necessary to analyze and understand the complexities of modern societies and to address challenging social problems. Sociology is distinct in its integration of a broad perspective on social life with real-world applied skills that allow students to identify and solve problems across a range of professions and careers. Students learn how to:
The American Sociological Association notes that "few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory and application of knowledge. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs."
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William Brustein, professor of sociology, and Louisa Roberts, sociology graduate student, are co-authors of the new book, The Socialism of Fools? The Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism (2015).
This book shows how, and why, the 19th-century European left played an important role in developing and disseminating modern anti-Semitic ideas. They draw upon a range of sources to trace the relationship between the political left and anti-Semitism in France, Germany and Great Britain from the French Revolution to World War II, ultimately concluding that the relationship between the left and anti-Semitism has been much more profound than previously believed.
Sociology Professor Christopher Browning is the director of The Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) project, which focuses on the impact of multiple social contexts — neighborhood, home, school, and peers — on risky behavior (including substance use and delinquency), and mental/physical health outcomes.
Collecting data on a large sample of adolescents, ages 11-17 years, in Franklin County, this innovative project combines in-home surveys with a week of smartphone-collected GPS and real-time mini-survey data. This research will develop our understanding of how the actual places youth go and the people with whom they interact on a daily basis influence their health and behavior.
Sociology Professors Rachel Dwyer, Randy Hodson and Laura McCloud looked at whether student loans increase the likelihood of graduation or represent a drag on completion.
The authors find that the relationship between the likelihood of graduating and student indebtedness forms an inverted U curve; as debt goes up, graduation possibilities increase and then flatten out at around $10,000 a year. Once beyond $10,000, increasing amounts of debt even decrease graduation probabilities.
This study suggests that the ways college attendance is financed should be re-evaluated as student loan investments do not pay off for students who drop out with debt.
Sociology is the study of group life. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies. The goal is to understand the characteristics, causes and consequences of human behavior and social relationships in various kinds of groups and settings. Because human behavior is diverse, the field of sociology covers a diversity of subjects.
Major sectors of employment for undergraduate sociology majors include: health and social services (in family planning, substance abuse, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration); community work (in fund-raising, social service organizations, or child welfare agencies); criminal justice and corrections (in law enforcement, probation, parole); the business community; and the federal, state, or local government (in transportation, housing, agriculture and labor).
This course challenges the conventional wisdom that individuals are responsible for their own poverty, that racial inequality has been eradicated by Civil Rights era legislation and that gender inequality is caused primarily by natural differences between the sexes. Students will learn to understand how inequality is socially created and maintained.
Students learn about legal institutions and how they relate to other aspects of society, such as the socioeconomic environment, intergroup relations and politics. Attention is given to basic legal concepts, such as the principles of criminal liability, criminal procedure, reading court cases and writing legal briefs.
This course uses a sociological perspective to critically examine why people use drugs, why some substances are criminalized while others are not, how race and class influence the adoption and enforcement of drug laws and how the proliferation of drug laws have influenced a range of social institutions.
This service learning course helps students develop research projects by familiarizing them with: the process of collaboration with a local business or non-profit organization to work on a service project; hands-on data collection; project management; present research in both academic and applied settings; and learning through bettering the local community.
Introduces students to the important role of a sociological perspective in understanding and improving health in the U.S. and across the globe. Attention is given to the ways in which macro-level social, economic and political factors influence individual mental and physical health and health disparities.