​Sociology

​Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Take an interdisciplinary approach to public sociology and understand, critique, and address structural and social inequalities.

Participation in faculty research and strenuous coursework offers you experience in a range of areas such as health, aging, life course, globalization, immigration, transnational studies, family, education, work, power, capital, and culture.

Following graduation, you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to carve out successful and personalized career paths in the areas of education, social services, marketing, business, government, strategic planning, criminology, healthcare, and law.

Major in sociology


Sample Courses

Core coursework focuses on research, theory, and stratification. Sample courses include:

  • Sociology of Sport
  • Aging and Society
  • Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Sex and Gender 
  • Ethnic Inequalities 
  • Introduction to Research 
  • Sociology of Families 
  • Political Sociology 
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Sociological Theory

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

Numerous hands-on and real-world learning opportunities are available to enrolled students:

  • Join Alpha Kappa Delta — the International Sociological Honor Society.
  • Challenge yourself as a Renée Crown University Honors student.
  • Attend University lectures and network with resident and visiting experts.
  • Participate in research and funded projects with renowned professors and researchers.

Study Abroad

Well-known as one of the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a longstanding part of the SU experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their time at Syracuse. Sociology majors have studied abroad in Santiago, London, and Istanbul.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in sociology, you can explore such careers as:

  • Community activist
  • Human services assistant 
  • Probation officer
  • Public interest advocate
  • Marketing assistant 
  • Social services assistant 
  • Strategic planning assistant 

Or, continue on to graduate level education in the areas of law, education, public administration, or healthcare.