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B.A. in Sociology

Contact Person:
Dr. Jeremy J. van Blommestein, Chair
317-3 Satterlee, (315) 267-2569,

30 credit hours required. Plus 3 credits of cognates.

Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior. People who study sociology will understand the connections among the facets of everyday life. Sociologists analyze social institutions such as family, education, medicine, religion and politics. They examine the role that race, gender, ethnicity, age and social status play in our daily life. With skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication, sociology majors enjoy careers in many fields.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 201 Introduction to Social Stratification
SOCI 210 Quantitative Research Methods
SOCI 220 Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 300 Introduction to Theory
SOCI 475 Senior Seminar

Other Sociology Electives (Credits 15)

Cognate Requirement: Statistics (Credits 3)


  • All courses that count toward the major must be passed  with a minimum grade of 2.0
  • At least 15 cr. In sociology, with at least a 2.0 in each course, must be completed  at SUNY Potsdam
  • At least 15 cr. In sociology, with at least  a 2.0 level in each course must be upper division (300 or 400 level)