Chair's Welcome

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

  • 2017 Undergraduate Awards

    On May 5, 2017, the Department of Sociology and Gerontology recognized outstanding students in Sociology, Gerontology, and Social Justice Studies. 
  • SJS Alum Receives Prestigious Fellowship

    Othello Harris and John SteeleSJS alum ('14) John Steele receives Charles B. Rengel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship.
  • Prof. Glenn Muschert's Research Featured in the New York Times

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

  • Prof. Bob Applebaum on Long-term Care Insurance

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

  • Prof. Lee Harrington Forges Partnership with Urban League


  • 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.

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  • Minors

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

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  • Thematic Sequences

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

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