Sociology

Department of Sociology

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OVERVIEW

The complexities of terrorism, racial inequality, economic disparity and changing family dynamics can be evaluated through the multiple lenses of sociology.

Baldwin Wallace's sociology program is a comprehensive, versatile major. It offers outstanding preparation for professional and graduate school studies, as well as workplace opportunities.

It combines rigorous coursework with practical experiences. You'll study both broad and narrow social phenomena, issues and problems.

Current topics bring relevance to your studies and foster multi-dimensional perspectives for understanding evolving social patterns.

You'll delve into economics, political science, psychology and history as you study factors influencing human behavior, social organization, culture and social change.

Strong academics, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of the program. Scientific research, field experiences and internships offer additional benefits.

Through your studies, you'll learn to apply principles of scientific inquiry and produce research that incorporates real-world components. Over the years, BW sociology students have been presenters at national conferences and published scholarly works.

If your career interest includes social work, BW offers a 3/2 Social Work Affiliated Program. Participants earn a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Career Opportunities

  • Social worker
  • Business leader
  • Urban planner
  • Criminologist
  • Survey researcher
  • Marketing consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Attorney
  • Counselor

Social Work Opportunities

BW's Social Work Affiliated Program leads to a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace and a master's degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University in just five years. Persons holding the master's degree in social service administration and the LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) certification are fully qualified to supervise social service casework, manage social service agencies and establish their own private practice in counseling. (NOTE: this is Jill's copy given to us 5-19-15)

Diverse Field of Study

Sociology is the study of social institutions, interactions and human behavior. Whereas psychology is the study of what goes on inside individuals, sociology addresses what goes on between them. Sociologists seek to understand a range of human relationships, including:

  • Changing forms of the family
  • Socio-economic and social class stratification
  • Racial and ethnic group relations
  • Changing gender roles
  • Causes of crime and the treatment of criminals
  • Patterns of drug and alcohol use
  • Social change
  • Workings of complex organizations
  • Functioning of modern society as a whole, both on an internal and a cross-cultural basis

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

If you would like to become a social studies teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major and minor, sociology combines strong theoretical knowledge with dynamic experiential learning.

BW's flexible program enables you to tailor studies to your areas of interest. Students majoring in sociology generally select one of four broad career paths:

  • Business – sales, marketing, human relations
  • Government agency and urban planning
  • Social services in the private sector that includes work with children and the elderly
  • Professional sociologist – who teaches at a university level, conducts research or consults for business and nonprofit organizations

Sociology can be an excellent companion field of study. It often is chosen as a second major or minor for students interested in criminal justice, psychology, business, economics, public health, biology and others.

An optional five-year Social Work Affiliated Program enables you to earn a bachelor's degree from BW and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Internships/Field Experiences

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to government agencies, nonprofit organizations, medical centers, research facilities, businesses and more.

Independent Study

Independent study offers students enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Research

BW's sociology department offers an impressive computer lab where you can analyze data and test out hypotheses, in addition to doing other types of academic work.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster skills in leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

Sociology/Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Club
Through educational and social activities, this organization provides opportunities for students to gain experience in and exposure to the criminal justice and sociology fields.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, student scholastic recognitions include:

Alpha Kappa Delta
The International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta acknowledges and promotes excellence in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities leading to improvement in the human condition.

Pi Gamma Mu
The International Social Science Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu encourages and recognizes superior scholarship in social science disciplines and fosters cooperation and social service among its members.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Graduates of the sociology program are employed in guidance and counseling, sales and management positions, and government agencies as diverse as the welfare department and the CIA.

Other individuals have been accepted to top graduate schools in the country. Alumni with master's degrees and doctorates can be found in research and teaching positions at businesses and universities and working as licensed social workers and counselors.

FACULTY & STAFF

Full-Time Faculty
Dr. Carol Gregory, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies
Dr. Julie Newcamp, Assistant Professor
Dr. Theron Quist, Professor, Department Chair and Assistant Director of Criminal Justice Program
Dr. Louis San Marco, Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Program
Dr. Jill Stephens Fleisher, Professor, Co-director of Sustainability Major and Coordinator of Social Work Affiliated Program
Dr. Liya Wang, Professor

Adjunct Faculty
James Ciotti, Lecturer
Cory Cronin, Lecturer
Mark Evans, Lecturer
Ronald James, Lecturer
Dean Jenkins, Lecturer
Dr. John W. King, Lecturer
Dale Laux, Lecturer
Dr. Jeanne Mattern, Lecturer
Dr. Mark Mattern, Lecturer
Brad Melzer, Lecturer
Elizabeth Ross, Lecturer
Elizabeth Shaffer-King, Lecturer