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 possible career paths is long and diverse. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as educators, social service professionals, counselors, health care providers, in law and law enforcement and in many other fields.


Public Broadcaster to Speak Oct. 14

Molly Peterson will discuss new ways radio journalists use to reach their audience.

‘Where are We?’ Series Continues in October

The 'Landmarks' exhibition opens Oct. 12 in the Dowd Gallery hallway gallery.

Sociologist to Discuss Local Wealth Gap

Craig Little will compare two very different counties — Cortland and Tompkins.

Falconry Demonstration Set for Oct. 7

The event continues a Renaissance science-themed Memorial Lbrary series.

College to Explore Culture of Thought

The campus will analyze evolving ideas on policing, same-sex marriage and other topics.


The department of Sociology/Anthropology, has a Sociology/Anthropology Club and Criminology Club, as well as National Honor Society in Sociology; Alpha Kappa Delta, and a National Honor Society in Criminology; Alpha Phi Sigma.

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