Sociology explores and analyzes issues vital to our own lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. We are known for studies of demography, crime and deviance, family and gender, political, economic and historical sociology, cultural sociology, urban sociology, migration, and race and ethnicity.
We develop and test theories with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. Our scholarship extends beyond the United States to case studies and comparisons with societies throughout the world. The Department looks forward to continuing its rich traditions.
A major in Sociology provides a foundation for careers in academia, the professions, government, business, or community agencies. We are also one of the largest undergraduate majors at UAlbany, offering a broad and diverse range of options for students.
Courtney D'Allaird - Sociology Major '09
Courtney D'Allaird '09 talks about his time at UAlbany and why he was drawn to the Sociology major.
Undergraduate students from across the country meet for an intensive two-week program on population composition and changes, focusing on issues including race and income inequalities, health disparities and immigration.
Seven University at Albany faculty and staff members have received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to conduct research and teach in their respective fields across Europe, South America, Central America and Asia during the 2023-2024 academic year.
A study by a Sociology doctoral student found that the surge of Guyanese immigration to Schenectady in the early 2000s did not lead to an increase in neighborhood violent crime or property crime. The study also found that increased homeownership — among all residents, foreign-born or native — was associated with declines in homicide and motor vehicle theft.
Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences 351
1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY12222 United States