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Sociology is the scientific study of human social life. Sociologists seek to describe social patterns and to develop theories for explanation and prediction of social processes of all sizes. Sociology applies objective and systematic methods of investigation to identify patterns and forms of social life and to understand the processes of development and change in human societies. The UNC Charlotte Sociology program offers a comprehensive curriculum of interest to people of various backgrounds. An undergraduate and a graduate M.A. degree are available.

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Department of Sociology
Fretwell 476
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Tel: 704-687-7806
Fax: 704-687-1397

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Christy Erving


Dr. Christy Erving will join the faculty Fall 2016. Dr. Erving received her Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2014. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Erving specializes in medical sociology, mental health, race/ethnicity/immigration, and social psychology.

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In November, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honors Society, inducted 10 new members. We would like to congratulate the students on their induction!

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is an International Sociology Honor Society. The purpose of AKD is to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

sociology leadershipThere is a new leadership team in the Sociology Department. Beginning July 1, 2014, Dr. Stephanie Moller is the Chair. Dr. Elizabeth Stearns is the Undergraduate Coordinator. Dr. Scott Fitzgerald continues as the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director. The department is eternally grateful to Lisa Walker (former chair) and Mary McKenzie (former Undergraduate Director) for their outstanding leadership in the department.

Joseph Smith


Joseph Smith, a current Masters student in Sociology, won the Graduate School’s 2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.  Congratulations Joseph!

Fostering SuccessWe are pleased to announce that graduates from our Sociology Masters Program found great opportunities around the country in 2014.  Justin Lane is an evaluation specialist with McREL International.  Savannah Larimore is entering the doctoral program at the University of Washington.  Eve Bjerre is entering the doctoral program at Notre Dame. Daniel Davis is entering the Organizational Science Ph.D. program at UNC Charlotte. Congratulations!  We are thrilled that you made UNC Charlotte a part of your educational portfolio, and we wish you endless success in your future endeavors.

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Scott Fitzgerald is the Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology. On September 18th, Dr. Fitzgerald spoke to the public about his award-winning book, Middle Class Meltdown in America.  Read his interview with UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute.

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Professor of Sociology, has been cited by and/or quoted in leading newspapers and magazines in the United States (such as Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post), as well as by leading media in Canada, France, Brazil, Cuba, and South Africa. Notably, Dr. Mickelson and her research were referenced in a Supreme Court decision on school racial composition. She has also served as a consultant to the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Mickelson was recently bestowed the rare and distinguished title of University Professor. This title recognizes her outstanding scholarly achievements.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Stephanie Potochnick

Dr. Stephanie Potochnick graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2007 with an M.A. in Sociology. After continuing her education, Dr. Potochnick joined the faculty at the University of Missouri where she is conducting important research on immigrant education and health in the United States.
“The stellar mentorship, hands on research opportunities, and publication experience offered by the UNC Charlotte Sociology department and its faculty has served as the foundation for my academic career.” -Dr. Potochnick

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Brittany Woody graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. Ms. Woody is currently employed by the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department as a Job Coach. In this role, she helps individuals with severe disabilities understand how their specific disability impacts their ability to work. Ms. Woody is currently working on her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She will marry Nathan Barnes in November 2015.  They met in Dr. Webster’s Evolution of Social Theory class. Mr. Barnes is a Probation and Parole Officer with Lancaster’s Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.

"My best advice to current students it to take job fairs seriously and utilize all resources that UNC Charlotte has to offer. Cherish the time you have there, it goes by too fast, but there are exciting things to come." - Ms. Woody

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Ron DeJoseph graduated from UNC Charlotte in 1994 with a Bachelors in Sociology. After completing his degree, Mr. DeJoseph attained a certificate in broadcasting from the Carolina School of Broadcasting.  These experiences provided Mr. DeJoseph the foundation to pursue an outstanding career working for companies like ESPN and Cox Media Group.  Mr. DeJoseph is currently the Promotions Manager with WSOC-TV, where he has won 10 Midsouth Emmys for his work in broadcasting.  Mr. DeJoseph’s job is research driven, and he notes that his Sociology Degree offered him an understanding of research that helped him feel comfortable when he began working in an environment where market research is widely used to understand people and their viewing habits. 

His advice to current sociology majors: “Try everything you can in terms of your career.  It’s not easy when you are 21 years old to know what you want to do with your life.  If you work hard, opportunities pop up when you least expect them.” - Ron DeJoseph

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Dr. Sharon Doerer earned her Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNC Charlotte in 2009. She then earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte in 2013. Dr. Doerer’s research focuses on status processes and how those processes affect interaction on teams. She currently works as a Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at TIAA-CREF, where her research and theoretical training are used daily.

"I was so fortunate to have many wonderful sociologists as mentors, including Beth Rubin, Lisa Walker and Murray Webster. UNC Charlotte’s Sociology Program has a faculty of accomplished scholars and is a dynamic, engaging program. I recommend the program for any student who wants to learn about social structures and how they affect routine interactions in a variety of institutions and use that learning in an academic or applied career." –Sharon Doerer