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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. 


Fostering education where truth is forbidden

March 20, 2023
How schoolchildren in repressive regimes learn about science is the focus of a March 22 talk.

Brooks Lecture Series to tackle science and truth

Feb. 17, 2023
Geologist Robert Darling will explore science as a method for testing what’s real and what’s not.

SUNY Cortland University Police officers honored

Nov. 18, 2022
Officers Melissa Keelhar and David Coakley were awarded for overall professionalism.

Student eyes history and archeology fields

Nov. 14, 2022
Non-traditional student Gina Williams balances a busy home life with dual degree studies.

Students put anthropology into action

Oct. 11, 2022
SUNY Cortland students set up their own agency, CULTURE Society, to improve people’s lives.


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

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