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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. 


Brooks Lecture Series to explore the culture of truth

Sept. 13, 2022
Talks will tease deepfakes, classroom censorship, and what makes science deniers tick.

Lin Lin awarded for dedicated teaching 

April 19, 2022
Associate professor chooses hands-on teaching methods to prepare future elementary educators. 

Criminology program ranks No. 2 in New York state

April 14, 2022
The 2022 rankings from College Factual emphasize post-graduation employment and earnings.

Oath Keepers threat is talk topic

April 4, 2022
Security researcher Sam Jackson will discuss political extremism on April 6 at SUNY Cortland.

Nia Vega is selected as a Newman Civic Fellow

March 22, 2022
Advocacy for victims of violence netted a national fellowship for this SUNY Cortland student.


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

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