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. 


From SUNY Cortland to the Smithsonian

Life-changing internships and award-winning research revealed a future in art history to senior Claire Leggett.

Communications Law Expert to Discuss Free Speech

Roy Gutterman worries about the future of the American free press.

Spring 2018 ‘Incllusion’ Series Continues

Anthropologist Megan Springate shares under-told women’s stories March 6.

Links Between Torture, Human Rights Explored

SUNY Cortland's Stephanie Decker to discuss issue as part of Brooks Museum lecture series.

Greenflix Film Series Focuses on Environmental Issues

Four documentaries will offer insight on issues ranging from climate change to strip mining.


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

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