Kathryn Kilichowski presents at the 2018 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference
2014 sociology field course in Hong Kong
2014 sociology field course in Hong Kong


SUNY Oneonta’s Sociology program prepares students for a range of careers, including social services, counseling, administration, marketing, research, criminal justice, work with the elderly, and social policy.

Four Tracks

You can tailor the program to your interests and career goals by choosing one of four tracks within the major. The Liberal Arts track is a traditional sociology program designed to permit students to dual major. The Human Services track prepares students for graduate work or careers in social work. The Community & Environment track examines the impact of human population growth and distribution on the environment. The Criminology track is designed for students interested in the study of crime and is suitable for students who wish to pursue a career in criminal law, crime research and crime policy.

Related Programs

There are also related majors in Criminal Justice and Gerontology Studies, as well as minors.


In addition to a wide range of course offerings, you'll benefit from internship and service-learning opportunities, and participation in sociology and criminal justice clubs. The college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community (CSRC) provides a number of volunteer opportunities for students. Through the CSRC, students can gain exposure to social issues and problems, and the social policies and programs that have been or could be developed as a response.

You'll have many opportunities to develop personal relationships with faculty members who are devoted to teaching, engaging students in research projects, and being productive scholars representing a range of unique and complementary research interests. Research opportunities are available through both faculty- and student-initiated projects.  Students can earn college credit through independent study or in a research assistantship, and college funding is available for student research projects and travel to academic conferences.


Department of Sociology

Sha-Niyah Ortiz
I wanted to attend college since I was young, but was unsure about my future as a student who was the first in my family to attend college. After high school graduation, I would be more likely asked where I found a job than what college I was attending. I wanted more for myself—and working a job out of high school wasn’t going to pay for all that. I knew I needed an education that went beyond high school.

Service Learning

Sociology students taught Oneonta elementary school children about food, society and the environment during a service-learning project in fall 2016.

See the project

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