Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Sociology Offers a Host of Research Opportunities

Undergrad Jonathan Nerenberg and Dr. Peter Rosenblatt Analyze Chicago Evictions

This summer, Jonathan Nerenberg worked alongside associate professor Peter Rosenblatt to create and analyze a unique database of rental properties in Chicago that were matched to court records on evictions. Their study examined the inequality of Chicago’s eviction rate by investigating differences within properties owned by the same landlord.

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SOCL 216 Students Visit Kolbe House

On Feb. 5, twenty students from Dr. Elfriede Wedam's Sociology 216 Sociology of Violence visited Kolbe House Catholic Ministry to Cook County Jail. The students were hosted by several volunteers as well as staff of Kolbe House where they were shown artwork depicting some of the jail detainees' stories.

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SOCL 272 - Environmental Sociology Students Explore Floating Islands on the Chicago River

Students from Professor Maria Akchurin's environmental sociology class met with the non-profit organization Urban Rivers and explored floating islands on the Chicago River, planting irises and collecting seeds from rose-mallow and swamp milkweed plants.  The experience raised questions about the complexities of working with the city, community groups, and local businesses to restore the river, as well as leading participants to reflect on how city residents experience "urban nature."

SOCL 272 - Environmental Sociology is offered fall 2022, Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM.  See LOCUS and/or contact the Sociology Department for more information.

About Us

Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Sociology. From our faculty, to our graduate students, to our undergraduate majors, our department is a place for intellectual growth, a commitment to understanding and engaging major societal challenges, and collegial fellowship. Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, members of the department reach out in the best tradition of both the sociological discipline and the social justice commitment of Jesuit universities.

Many challenges and problems confront our globalizing world, and a perspective that can examine these locally, nationally, or internationally is vital. At Loyola we have people—faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students—studying contemporary immigration, gender representations in the mass media, how cities thrive, racial diversity in American workplaces, religiously motivated environmentalism, and the politics of food and nutrition, to name just a few topics.