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What causes a stadium filled with soccer fans to turn into a violent mob? What causes overpopulation and war? Do high school students from wealthy districts perform better academically than students from poorer districts? And how does society teach its members to obey important social norms? If these are the kinds of questions that you find interesting, you might consider choosing sociology for your college major.
Students who major in sociology at SUNY Plattsburgh are able to choose from courses on many different topics and can also study abroad or complete an internship to fulfill part of their requirements. The campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (an international honor society for sociology) and the Sociology Club provide opportunities to get to know other students in the major and to find out more about what you can do with your degree.
"It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this - things are not what they seem."
A major in sociology prepares students for a variety of jobs after graduation. Sociology graduates from SUNY Plattsburgh have gone on to work in social services and helping professions, business, and various public sector positions. Some graduates choose to pursue further education by completing graduate degrees in sociology or other social sciences, or by going to law school.
The sociology faculty are dedicated teachers and researchers. They've come to Plattsburgh from all over the country and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. They conduct research, and teach courses on various topics such as environment, globalization, families, peace & war, race & ethnicity, social stratification, and women. Some faculty offer students a chance to get even more involved in the program by bringing the students into their work as teaching or research assistants.
If you would like to learn more about the sociology program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Sandra Rezac, Chair
Office: Redcay Hall 247
Phone: (518) 564-4218
We're located on the second floor of Redcay Hall. The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department office is in room 243.