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 Cortland honored for transfer student support

July 16, 2024
The campus for a seventh year made Phi Theta Kappa's national Transfer Honor Roll.

Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

June 4, 2024
This cohort's studies range from biology and chemistry to political science and fine art.

Media scholar to discuss power dynamics in documentaries

April 2, 2024
Filmmaker Sam Avery will draw on his own experience in Africa and New York state.

Chinese politics scholar to speak

March 19, 2024
China’s focus on Tibetan religious customs as a power wedge is talk topic on March 20.

Three students earn SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

March 18, 2024
The seniors will receive the prestigious student honor at an April 11 ceremony in Albany.


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

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