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Bachelor of Arts

Sociology

Program of Study

Nationally recognized faculty members in research and service are committed to providing you with the highest quality education in your substantive area of focus.

Explore specializations in the program from crime and deviance, demography and health policy, to aging, work, education and social organizations. Showcase your skills and knowledge learned through a capstone course where you engage in research-oriented study in a small, focused classroom setting.

General Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 credits in sociology, with 18 credits at the 300 level or above, to include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Statistics for Sociologists
  • Sociological Theory
  • One 400 level Selected Topics Seminar
  • 21 additional credits of sociology as advised
Optional Concentrations
Criminology

A minimum of 36 credits in sociology, with 18 credits at the 300 level or above, to include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Statistics for Sociologists
  • Sociological Theory
  • Selected Topics Seminar in Crime and Deviance
  • 12 additional credits of sociology as advised


9 credits from:

  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • Criminal Victimology
  • Sociology of Law


With permission, one of:

  • Internship in Sociology
  • Independent Study in Sociology
  • Senior Honors Thesis
Families and Communities

A minimum of 36 credits in sociology, with 18 credits at the 300 level or above, to include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Statistics for Sociologists
  • Sociological Theory
  • Selected Topics Seminar in the Sociology of Families or Selected Topics Seminar in Community and Urban Sociology
  • 12 additional credits of sociology as advised.


9 credits from:

  • Sociology of Families
  • Social and Demographic Change
  • Population Challenges
  • Social Demography
  • Community and Urban Sociology
  • Sociology of Aging
  • The Social Worlds of Children and Youth


With permission, one of:

  • Internship in Sociology
  • Independent Study in Sociology
  • Senior Honors Thesis
Internships

Acquire experience in a field or area related to sociology to relate your academic knowledge to practical experience.

Students typically intern in a work setting with an agency or organization. A variety of potential placements are available, including areas such as health and human services, lobbying and advocacy groups, and law and criminal justice.

Honors Program

The honors program combines recognition of general academic excellence with demonstrated achievement in sociology. The program is structured to provide advanced exposure to the breath of sociological modes of inquiry, while also stimulating and supporting original, student-initiated exploration of sociological issues under faculty guidance. You will also benefit from post-graduate and career-related preparation and guidance from the Honors Director.

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options


You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Sociology undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:

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MA in Sociology
This master’s program provides an advanced understanding of culture, human health and behavior in topic areas including women and welfare, medical sociology, population health, crime and deviance, migration, economics and children.

MPA in Public Administration and Policy
This top-ranked master’s program prepares you to help solve complex socioeconomic problems with concentration areas including non-profit management and leadership, public policy, healthcare management, information technology management, public economics and finance, and homeland security.

MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Outcomes

A BA in Sociology prepares you careers in areas including administration, criminal justice, social welfare, law, education, health and medicine.

Potential job titles include:

  • Research Associate
  • Director of Operations
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Social Science Teacher
  • Immediate Response Advocate
  • Probation Officer
  • Analyst
  • Public Health Consultant
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"In the UAlbany sociology program, my personal and intellectual interests were pushed in the right direction. I was exposed to new people and different perspectives and challenged to ask questions, question answers, and then create new questions. This became my toolkit for succeeding in college, and I'll certainly take this important set of skills forward in my life."

- Andrew, Class of 2017

Student Learning Objectives


Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Students will apply statistical approaches to described empirical patterns and test theory.
  • Students will assess research studies in terms of key choices and decisions.
  • Students will define and compare basic theoretical orientations, how these reflect historical and cultural context, and how they can be applied to social reality.
  • Students will describe the diversity of American society, and the significance of race, class, gender, and age.
  • Students will describe the role of research methods in building sociological knowledge.
  • Students will discuss the influence of social structure on individuals, and the effects of social interaction on society and social structure.
  • Students will identify and compare basic methodological approaches.
  • Students will understand the place of American society in the international context.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
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  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
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  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
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  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies