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As a sociology student, you’ll investigate the organization and condition of society through the analysis of the behavior of groups and social institutions. Through observation and the use of empirical and conceptual tools, you’ll collect data, define social patterns, draw conclusions and formulate new insights about the complexities of human behavior.

The Department is involved in a wide-range of collaborative social justice initiatives on campus, leading and co-sponsoring public events, workshops, and lectures with the Adelphi Collaboration Project, the Racial Justice Alliance, Conversations on Race, and the Center for Health Initiatives.

Our students study gender, race, class, deviance, health, immigration, and criminology, introducing them to scholarly thinking on many of the core issues of our time. We offer an internship in sociology and criminal justice to all students providing real world experience in their chosen field.

Graduates have been accepted at many prestigious institutions including: Columbia, New York University, The New School for Social Research, Stony Brook University, Texas A&M, and SUNY/CUNY schools such as John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Other graduates are pursuing exciting careers in business, counseling, criminal justice, education, government and nonprofit advocacy.

The Department of Sociology offers the following programs:

» BA in Sociology » BS in Criminal Justice » Minor in Sociology » Minor in Criminal Justice

These majors prepare you for graduate study as well as careers in a variety of fields.

Sociology majors can also enter the Scholar Teacher Education Program in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.

For further information, please contact:

Office of University Admissions
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