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. 


Colorful Commencement to Cap College Careers

Graduates will wrap up their college careers in a Blaze of color May 17 and 18.

Student Wins SUNY-Wide Legal Essay Contest

Senior Rebekka Higgins is a dual criminology and political science major.

New Class Takes Break in Cuba

Four students sampled Cuban culture and politics with Professor Jeremiah Donovan.

Research Examines Morality Behind “Black Mirror”

Senior Alaina Lynch will present her findings at Transformations on Friday, April 12.

Transformations Research Investigates Medieval History

SUNY Cortland senior Jessica Goon has combed through the Domesday Book for clues.


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

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