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. 


Students aid family in off-campus fire

Dec. 5, 2023
Three Clayton Avenue residents will be recognized by city government.

Afghanistan pullout survivors to speak

Oct. 24, 2023
The couple will describe their harrowing escape from the ascendant Taliban regime.

SUNY Cortland plans week to celebrate non-trads and transfers

Oct. 18, 2023
The university will celebrate both groups Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27.

Medieval nuns rule in Oct. 4 lecture

Sept. 26, 2023
Historian Laura Gathagan will discuss European women’s impressive power a millennium ago.

Human skeletal remains inspire summer research

Aug. 8, 2023
The anthropology project looks to return a donated collection of human remains to their Indigenous descendant community.


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

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