Major in Sociology at SUNY Albany

Undergraduate Study in Sociology

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Aaron Major

A Message from the Director of Undergraduate Studies: Aaron Major

It is no surprise that the Sociology department is home to nearly 500 majors and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country. Sociology majors have the opportunity to work with and learn from faculty who excel as scholars, researchers and teachers. Faculty members in the Sociology department are nationally recognized for their scholarship and have received numerous university and professional awards for their research and service. At the same time, the members of the sociology department are committed to providing our students with a high quality education and many of our faculty have received the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Our curriculum provides students with a broad foundation in the core theories and methods of modern sociology while also providing students the opportunity to explore their own interests in a variety of topics--from crime and deviance, to racial and gender inequality, to the changing structure of the family and global politics--with experts in the field. Traditional coursework can also be supplemented by internships, which offer the chance to explore career opportunities in sociology, and opportunities for independent study, and self-directed research that connect students with faculty mentors to develop their intellectual interests and hone their skills as researchers.

Over the years our graduates have gone on to law school, business and industry, medical school, and government employment at the federal, state, and local levels, And, of course, some go on to graduate school in sociology and related disciplines.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about us and our program. And all of us in the sociology department welcome you to our department and to our community of sociologists.