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Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
The Law Enforcement Training Institute launched in the spring of 2017, giving students hands-on training in defensive tactics, fingerprinting, processing of crime scenes and overseeing field sobriety tests in a controlled environment... read more.
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 graduates to pursue a wide variety of careers or continue learning at the graduate level.
Throughout their coursework, 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. The Department offers both a major and minor in Sociology.
Criminal Justice Studies is the study of the criminal justice system: the perpetrators, agencies and actors involved in the processing and definition of crime, and the social, political and economic phenomena impacting each. The SUNY Potsdam Criminal Justice Studies program provides a broad interdisciplinary, liberal arts orientation with course requirements in Philosophy, Politics and Sociology and the opportunity for students to elect to study courses in Anthropology, Chemistry and Psychology. The Department offers both a major and minor in Criminal Justice.
"Sociology has had a profound impact on the way I see things. I try very hard to see things from many perspectives now. I have connected with one issue most strongly, equality surrounding food. There is a niche for every person and through both my courses at SUNY Potsdam and my internship with GardenShare, I have found mine." - Samantha Michaels