2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology/Anthropology Department

Cornish Hall, Room D-311
(607) 753-2726


Arts and Sciences


Richard Kendrick (Chair), Jamie Dangler, Herbert Haines, Stephen Halebsky, Kassim Kone, Craig Little, Ellis McDowell-Loudan, William Skipper, John R. Sosa, Sharon Steadman, Stuart Traub, Anne Vittoria, Mark Worrell, Tiantian Zheng

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Sociology (7-12)

Majors Offered

Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Sociology (7-12)

Concentrations Offered

Social Gerontology

Minors Offered

Social Gerontology


Sociology is a way of understanding human behavior. The discipline's central premise is that the behavior of individuals is a function of social context: We live our lives as we do because we live among particular others in a particular place at a particular time. Proceeding scientifically and holistically, Sociology attempts to understand how, broadly speaking, culture and social structure (the economy, politics, family, religion, etc.) shape the lives of those who participate in them; the ultimate goal of that understanding being to improve the quality of those lives.

The sociology program offers a curriculum designed to help students develop their analytical skills and ability to understand conceptual and theoretical material. Courses encourage students to think creatively and flexibly and to broaden their perspectives on the world around them. Sociology majors acquire an educational background that is useful in careers relating to counseling, gerontology, human services, law, law enforcement, probation work, public administration, management and international relations, among others.

The major also prepares students for a variety of careers in the private and public sectors that require an understanding of race and ethnic relations, cross-cultural settings, contemporary social problems, and demographic and social transformations in contemporary society.

Students are encouraged to take pre-career internships and research experiences for academic credit. Students who are interested in teaching may combine study in the sociology major with professional courses leading to a qualification for initial certification in adolescence social studies (grades 7-12).

Special Features

  • Internships
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Exchange program with Griffith University, Australia
  • National honor society in sociology (Alpha Kappa Delta)
  • National honor society in gerontology (Sigma Phi Omega)
  • Sociology/Anthropology Club
  • Teaching certification for adolescence social studies


  1. Degree Requirements listed here apply to all sociology majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements – 90 credit hours


I. Major

III. Dual Major

IV. Minor