Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of human society, social behavior and social change.

The SUNY Potsdam sociology program provides students with skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication, enabling students to pursue a wide variety of careers or continue learning on the graduate level.

Throughout their course work sociology students analyze social institutions; study social problems such as domestic violence, social inequality, crime and poverty, and the environment; and examine the role that race, gender and social status play in our daily lives. 

In addition to offering a major and minor in Sociology, the Sociology Department is home to interdisciplinary programs in Criminal Justice Studies (major and minor) and Human Services (minor) and plays an important role in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies programs.