Sociology/Anthropology Department

When you explore sociology and anthropology at SUNY Cortland, you’ll immerse yourself in the study of the human condition. You’ll examine how societies and cultures are formed and how they shape and are shaped by human behavior. You’ll develop analytical, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills that are vital in any walk of life.

Classes are small, led by faculty who are eager to help you succeed. Opportunities for independent research, internships, fieldwork, study abroad and service-learning will let you put classroom theory to the test in the real world.

The list of career paths the department prepares students for is long and diverse. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as educators, law enforcers, human service professionals, cultural resource managers, researchers, attorneys, human rights advocates, and more. The skills we impart are transferable across numerous fields. 


Legal Scholar to Discuss Mass Shooting Statistics

Joel Capellán assisted with the U.S. Extremist Crime Database Project.

SUNY Cortland Honors Indigenous People

The second Monday of October will no longer be Columbus Day at SUNY Cortland.

Brooks Series to Explore Fear of Death

This year's theme compares western and non-western concepts about death.

Alumna to Discuss Symbolic World of Maya Women

Anthropologist Crystal Sheedy '08 will share her research on Sept. 19.

SUNY Honors Five Faculty and Staff Members

The Cortland employees earned SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.


  • Sociology/Anthropology Club
  • Criminology Club
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (International Honor Society for Sociology)
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (National Honor Society for Criminology)

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