Maxwell School

Undergraduate Studies

Look who majored in Sociology

  • Rev. Martin Luther King
  • Barbara Mikulski, US Senator from Maryland
  • Saul Bellow, novelist
  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Emily Balch, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Dan Aykroyd, actor/Blues Brother
  • Robin Williams, actor/comedian
  • Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
  • Joe Theisman, NFL quarterback
  • Ahmad Rashad, sportscaster

Understanding societies, and the institutions, policies, and people within them, is at the core of sociology.  The award winning faculty of the Sociology Department at Syracuse University provide students with many opportunities to develop such an understanding. We welcome majors, minors, and students from other disciplines who are interested in taking sociology electives.

The mission of the Department of Sociology’s undergraduate program is to provide students with a broad overview of the field of sociology and mastery of specific analytic skills, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, social theory, critical thinking, and clear writing. Students develop an understanding of how sociological perspectives are applicable in research, teaching, social policy, community service, the labor force, and everyday life.  Our alumni hold positions in a wide variety of fields including government, public policy, business, social service agencies, health care, journalism, education, and law.  Those who pursue graduate training find they are well prepared substantively and methodologically.

Sociology provides undergraduate students with an understanding of how societies operate.  Courses provide insight into the functioning of social institutions, including health, political, economic, family, educational, legal, criminology, labor, and religious.  Students develop in-depth knowledge of social inequalities related to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and disability.  Students also gain expertise on social issues pertaining to aging and the life course, family, education, environment, health and health care, work, labor, immigration, religion, science and technology, and social policy.

Students develop a sociological imagination, which involves an understanding of connections between social structure and individual experiences.  They develop an appreciation of social theory and research, including being able to distinguish various theoretical perspectives, identify different modes of inquiry, use a variety of statistical and software packages, and critically evaluate information. 

Meet a few Sociology Alumni


Boursiquot, Flose’14 is Associate Organizer of PACT in Miami, FL, an affiliate of Direct Action and Research Training. 


Weinheimer, Dan '98 is the Policy & Project Manager for the City of Fort Collins in Colorado. 


Kitchen, Sara Rish’06 is Director of OASIS Program & Learning Differences Program at Mercyhurst University.


Leon-Guerrero, Patricia ’04 is Managing Director of Latino Engagement and Partnerships for Teach for America.

Jamie  McCallum, Jamie’99 is Sociology Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont and author of Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing (Cornell University Press).

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