Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Sociological Research?

An examination of the social aspects of human behavior through the lens of:

  • Relationships
  • Groups
  • Institutions
  • Societies

Social aspects of human behavior include:

  • Demography
  • Crime and deviance
  • Family and gender
  • Political, economic, and historical sociology
  • Cultural sociology
  • Urban sociology
  • Migration
  • Race and ethnicity

Sociology research employs a wide range of methodological techniques, both quantitative and qualitative.

How can I do research in sociology at UAlbany?

If you are interested in doing research in sociology, you may visit the faculty webpages and our course listings at

Our department offers opportunities for working closely with faculty, either as a volunteer on a faculty research project or through an independent study, internship, or the Honors Thesis progarm. Once you have narrowed your research interest, approach a faculty member about one of these research opportunities. Even if you cannot find an exact fit for your interests, you are welcome to approach any faculty member about pursuing your interest.

Some other resources to explore

  • The American Sociological Association hosts an annual conference in different cities throughout the nation. Their website includes a helpful section on undergraduate research at
  • Eastern Sociological Society
  • New York State Sociological Association

There are also sociological journals that accept research written by undergraduate majors. See the following website for more information:

Our students and faculty also participate in other related interdisciplinary associations and conferences, such as the Population Association of America, the American Society of Criminology, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

Student profiles

The co-winners of the 2013 Sociology Undergraduate Research Paper Award are:

  • Robert Bonilla who wrote Downward Mobility and Selective Acculturation Among Second-Generation Youth
  • Melissa Young who wrote The Application of Social Control and Social Disorganization Theories to Prostitution in Victorian England

If you like sociology, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in

Criminal Justice, Women's Studies, Communication, Psychology, Globalization Studies, Latin American Studies, Africana Studies, East Asian Studies