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Department of Sociology
108 Ravine Pkwy.
Oneonta, NY, 13820

: 607-436-3512
Fax: 607-436-3525



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The Sociology Department wishes everyone a great new semester and year! See more news stories on our News/Events page.

Overview: The Department of Sociology

For a quick overview of our department, view our departmental brochure.

With nine full time faculty, several part time teaching faculty and internship coordinators working in the field, the Sociology Department at Oneonta State is big enough to provide cutting edge programs yet small enough to offer a personalized educational experience.

We currently offer five undergraduate majors:

We also offer four undergraduate minors

For information on individual courses, please visit our courses page.

If you are wondering what you can do with a sociology major, take a look at this informational website released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It forecasts a bright future for sociologists, who possess the kinds of skills that will be most marketable in the years to come. Here is an excerpt:

"Employment of sociologists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment gains will be driven by a growing interest in using sociological research to further understand society and human social interactions. Specifically, social, political, and business organizations will need sociologists to research, evaluate, and address many different social issues, programs, and problems.

In addition, sociologists will be needed to apply sociological principles and research to other disciplines. For example, sociologists may collaborate with researchers in other fields to study how social structures or groups influence policy decisions about health, education, politics, business, or economics.

" (Source: Occupational Outlook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)


The faculty view themselves as genuine teachers and scholars. To learn more about the faculty, you should visit the faculty page. In recent years members of the department have published more than a dozen books with more on the way, as well as numerous scholarly articles, conference presentations, and other research reports. In other words, the sociology faculty are engaged scholars who are active in the field. Members of the faculty have also been honored on several occasions for excellence in teaching by the Panhellenic Association and listed in Who's Who among American Teachers.

At Oneonta, you won't find yourself sitting in a lecture hall with 400 students because there is no lecture hall that can hold that many students. But unlike some small colleges, you will find a rich assortment of courses to take. And that's the kind of advantage you get in a place that is not too big, not too small, but just right!


At SUNY Oneonta, our students are our top priority. A lot of colleges and universities might make similar claims and then turn around and treat students like a distraction from research. The fact is we actually make students a priority while at the same time maintaining an impressive level of scholarship. If you are thinking about coming to SUNY Oneonta to be a part of the Sociology Department, or if you are a current student looking for important information, you should visit our student page.

The Sociology department is proud to have two different clubs, the Sociology Club and the Criminal Justice Club. Students who join these clubs will give themselves an enhanced experience while at the College. This comes in the form of social networks, which are important for career success, but also as a source of friendship and enjoyment. Both clubs participate in fundraising efforts, host workshops and speakers, go on exciting field trips, particpate in professional conferences (such as the Eastern Sociological Society), and generally have a good time and grow at the same time.

For students who achieve the highest level of academic performance, we offer membership with Alpha Kappa Delta (Alphi Pi chapter), the International Sociology Honor Society. Graduating with honors is a distinction that will greatly enhance your appeal.

Looking for information related to your professional development or doing research and want to find a place to present it. Then you should take a look at the resources page.

Apply now for study at SUNY Oneonta!


For the latest news in our department or for employment opportunities, you should visit our news and employment pages.

If you would like more information about the Sociology Department, any of its programs (majors, tracks, minors), faculty, activities, courses, etc., please do not hesitate to contact us.