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. 


SUNY Honors Five Faculty and Staff Members

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

Phi Kappa Phi Names 'Scholars of the Year'

The interdisciplinary honor society recognized six members April 21.

Class Awards $10,000 to Community

Three local agencies devoted to children will benefit from this year's awards.

Five Faculty and Staff to Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Five SUNY Cortland faculty and staff members were honored by SUNY for their consistent excellence

Two SUNY Cortland Professors Appointed as Distinguished Faculty

Sharon Steadman and Peter Ducey were recognized by the SUNY Board of Trustees.


  • 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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