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Dr. Stephen Lippmann

Dr. Stephen Lippmann

Welcome to the website of the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University. We offer a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in sociology, gerontology, and social justice studies, and offer students opportunities for research and career development. Our faculty teach and do research in a number of important areas that address many of the most pressing issues facing society, including crime, justice, aging, the family, the environment, and many others. Our students are active in the life of the university, and go on to work in a variety of fields. I hope you'll look around to learn about our department's rich history, our academic programs, faculty research, our students and how you can make a difference!

Department News

  • Soc Alum among "18 of last 9"

    SOC alum Sean Kavanagh

    Sociology Alumnus Sean Kavanagh ('09) recently returned to campus at one of "18 of the last 9" outstanding young alumni.  Sean works for the U.S. Department of Defense, specializing in international arms control treaties and non-proliferation agreements.  Read more about Sean here

  • Prof. Glenn Muschert's Research Featured in the New York Times

    New York Times Logo

    Sociology Professor Glenn Muschert's research on school shootings was featured in a New York Times Video on the topic.  Read more here

  • Prof. Bob Applebaum on Long-term Care Insurance

    Gerontology Professor Bob Applebaum was cited in Reuters article on long-term care insurance.  Read more here

  • Prof. Lee Harrington Forges Partnership with Urban League

    Urban League

    Social Justice Studies Professor Lee Harrington is building a partnership between Miami University and the Urban League of Cincinnati.  Read more here.

  • SJS Student Ifeolu Claytor Serves On Presidential Search Committee

    SJS major Ifeolu ClaytorIfeolu Claytor, double-major in Social Justice Studies and Political Science, will be part of Miami’s upcoming Presidential Search Committee.  Read more here.


  • Major

    This major is for liberal arts students interested in the study of society, structures, social processes, and human interaction. These range from two-person interactions to relations between large social institutions to relations between nations.

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  • Minors

    • Applied Sociological Research
    • Criminology
    • Disability Studies
    • Medical Sociology
    • Social Science
    • Sociology of Business
    • Sociology of Law

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  • Thematic Sequences

    • Applied Social Science Methods
    • Sociological Perspectives on Inequality
    • Sociological Perspectives on Criminality and Deviance
    • Gender and Family Issues
    • Medical Sociology

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Social Justice Studies

  • Major

    Social Justice Studies (SJS) explores the ideals of justice, the realities of injustice, and practical solutions to bridge the gaps between the two. SJS covers a broad range of issues including economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, and fundamental human rights. It also covers a broad range of solution sets including policy-making, community organizing, social protest and restroative justice.

    Read more about the Social Justice major »

  • Minors

    • Crime, Law, and Social Justice
    • Social Justice and Inequalities

    Read more about Social Justice minors»

  • Thematic Sequences

    • Social Justice and Inequalities
    • Social Justice, Law and Crime

    Read more about Social Justice thematic sequences»