Department Information

Chair:
Dr. Herbert Haines
Sharon Steadman (Acting)
Moffett Center, Room 2120
Phone: 607-753-2726
Fax: 607-753-5973
Email:
amanda.halliwell@cortland.edu
Hours:
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Program Details

Sociology [SOC] (Major)

This major in the Sociology/Anthropology Department provides students with a broad degree of flexibility in choosing a career after graduation, the opportunity to explore careers in the human services, public administration and management, and a general background for graduate work in the social sciences, public policy, law and social work. In a rapidly changing world, students who major in sociology obtain a solid liberal arts education that fosters versatility in the world of work and good citizenship.

Career Potential

  • Social work
  • Consulting
  • Health care
  • Government agencies
  • Human services
  • Counseling
  • International relations
  • Business
  • Public service 

Total Credit Hours Required for Major: 36
A. Required Courses: 12 credit hours
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 492 - Sociological Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 493 - Methods of Social Research I (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 494 - Methods of Social Research II (3 cr. hr.)
B. Category Courses: 12 credit hours

All sociology majors must have at least one course from each of the four categories (A, B, C, D) from the list that follows. Whether or not more than one course is taken from any single category will depend on the student’s personal preferences or declared concentration. Special courses not listed within a category are occasionally taught with a topics (TP) designation (SOC 129, 229, 329 or 429) and may fulfill one of these categories. Category designations for such courses are posted by the department each semester.

  • Three credit hours from Category A
  • Three credit hours from Category B
  • Three credit hours from Category C
  • Three credit hours from Category D
Category A: Social Institutions
  • CRM 375 - Sociology of Law (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 375
  • CRM 377 - Crime and Criminal Law (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 377
  • HUS 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 430
  • HUS 470 - Sociology of the Family (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 470
  • SOC 340 - Environmental Sociology (3 cr. hr.) SOC 371 - Sociology of Medicine (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 375 - Sociology of Law (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 375
  • SOC 377 - Crime and Criminal Law (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 377
  • SOC 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with HUS 430
  • SOC 465 - Political Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 470 - Sociology of the Family (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with HUS 470
  • SOC 475 - Sociology of Religion (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 505 - Sociology of Education (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with FSA 505
Category B: Social Organization
  • ANT 352 - U.S. Ethnic Identity and Conflict (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 352
  • SOC 351 - The Community (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 352 - U.S. Ethnic Identity and Conflict (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with ANT 352
  • SOC 355 - Gender and the Life Course (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 370 - Sociology of Consumer Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 385 - Sociology of Work (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 401 - Sociology of Sex and Gender (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 420 - Issues in Gerontology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 451 - Social Stratification (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 461 - Urban Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
Category C: Social Processes
  • ANT 315 - Development Anthropology (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 315
  • ANT 322 - Sociocultural Study of AIDS (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 322
  • SOC 220 - Introduction to Social Gerontology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 235 - Sociology of Globalization (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 315 - Development Sociology (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with ANT 315
  • SOC 322 - Sociocultural Study of AIDS (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with ANT 322
  • SOC 335 - Technology and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 350 - Civil Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 360 - Self and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 366 - Sociology of International Conflict (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 425 - Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3 cr. hr.)
Category D: Social Problems and Deviance
  • ANT 230 - Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 230
  • CRM 333 - The Police (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 333
  • CRM 345 - Drug Policy (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 345
  • CRM 365 - Sociology of Violence (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 365
  • CRM 373 - Deviant Behavior (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 373
  • CRM 380 - White-Collar Crime (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 380
  • CRM 383 - Race, Class, Gender and Crime (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 383
  • CRM 462 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 462
  • CRM 463 - Criminology (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 463
  • CRM 464 - Corrections (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 464
  • CRM 477 - Social Control (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 477
  • CRM 485 - Capital Punishment (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with SOC 485
  • SOC 230 - Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with ANT 230
  • SOC 333 - The Police (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 333
  • SOC 345 - Drug Policy (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 345
  • SOC 365 - Sociology of Violence (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 365
  • SOC 373 - Deviant Behavior (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 373
  • SOC 380 - White-Collar Crime (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 380
  • SOC 383 - Race, Class, Gender and Crime (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 383
  • SOC 462 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 462
  • SOC 463 - Criminology (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 463
  • SOC 464 - Corrections (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 464
  • SOC 477 - Social Control (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 477
  • SOC 485 - Capital Punishment (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with CRM 485
C. Sociology Electives: 12 credit hours

Options for fulfilling these credit hours include courses from any of the four categories (A, B, C, D), three credit hours of internship (CPV 400), and/or one anthropology course at the 300- or 400-level (excluding ANT 300).

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.A. in Sociology over four years

Note: Based on freshman admission and 15 credits per semester. More than 15 credits will have to be taken in one or more semesters in order to reach the required 124 credits for graduation.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Two GE courses
  • Foreign language or elective
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.)
    or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.) (GE)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • One sociology course (200 or 300 level)
  • Foreign language course
  • Two GE courses
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.)
    or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Two sociology courses (200 or 300 level)
  • Foreign language course
  • GE course
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Two sociology courses (200 or 300 level)
  • Foreign language course
  • GE course
  • Elective
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Two sociology courses (300 or 400 level)
  • GE course
  • Two electives or one elective and one foreign language
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Two sociology courses (300 or 400 level)
  • GE course
  • Two electives
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15-18
  • Two sociology courses
  • Three or four electives
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • One sociology course
  • Four electives