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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. 


Student awarded for EOP success

Feb. 17, 2021
Edith Hernandez relied on Educational Opportunity Program resources to blossom as a student.

University helps police assess community perception

Jan. 26, 2021
Students worked with a sociologist to fine-tune questions on public safety satisfaction.

Senior is Cortland’s 14th national Gilman scholar

July 21, 2020
Shaneya Simmelkjaer will study in Ghana during summer 2021

SUNY Chancellor Honors Four Students

May 20, 2020
In the midst of a health crisis, SUNY pauses to recognize Cortland student excellence.

SUNY Cortland student awarded Fulbright grant

March 24, 2020
Kiley Stoj, a senior anthropology and biology dual major, will study the ancient Indian medicine of Ayurveda in the Iron Age.


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

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