​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.

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About Maxwell

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international relations. It includes America’s #1 ranked graduate program in public affairs, offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences; and it is home to undergraduate programs across the full spectrum of social sciences. 

Learn more about the sociology program.


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

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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., Syracuse Abroad is a longstanding part of the Syracuse experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their time at Syracuse. 

Sociology majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, Santiago, and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner programs CEA Prague, Tel Aviv University, and the University of the West Indies.

Summer programs of interest may include Multicultural London, the Italian Mafia (Florence), Italy and the Italians: A Cross-Cultural Study (Florence), Sexuality in Spain (Madrid), and Sociological Perspectives of Sport (Madrid).

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.