Examine social and cultural diversity, social inequalities, and contemporary, often controversial, social issues such as poverty and homelessness, crime and social deviance, globalization and international conflict, race and ethnic relations, physical and mental health, and the changing roles of women and men. Explore the differences across cultures and within the United States in peoples’ experiences of such areas as family life, education, work, and religion.

About the Major

Courses in five world regions further develop an appreciation for social and cultural variations, helping you understand the nature and impact of globalization.

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Ben Andrews '12

Ben is a research analyst in student affairs assessment at The Ohio State University Center for the Study of Student Life.
"OWU’s SOAN department introduced me to the foundational sociological concepts that were essential as I started my graduate program in sociology and began the journey of forming my own research identity in the field."


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Delaware, OH 43015
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Chair: Theodore F. Cohen