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SOC-205. Social Work and Human Services
The history of social services and development of the profession of social work, including an investigation of social problems and society's response.

SOC-212. The American Family and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Examines historical and contemporary patterns of American family from cross-cultural perspectives, including how race/ethnicity, social class, gender roles, conflict and crisis, and the media influence family life.

SOC-222. Schools and Societies
Sociological analysis of education as an institution over time and across societies; includes examination and evaluation of problems facing U.S. schools.

SOC-372. Comparative Health Care Systems
An in-depth survey of health care systems from a cross-cultural perspective, of particular interest to health care providers and practitioners and to students interested in comparative health care systems, particularly those planning to go on the Health Systems Term Abroad.

SOC-385. Internship in the Delivery of Human Services
Work and research experience within a human service organization.

SOC-387T. Community Service Mini-term
An integrative learning experience that combines an intensive off-campus December service experience with academic inquiry and critical reflection about the social, political, cultural and economic issues in which such service is embedded.

Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Lippman Hall 212
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6292
Professor Melinda Goldner teaches "Sociology of Medicine"
Professor Melinda Goldner teaches "Sociology of Medicine"


See where Union takes you:
  • Adult Services Caseworker, Albany County
  • Senior Learning and Development Consultant, Datatel Inc.
  • Program Manager, Count Me in for Women's Economic Independence
  • Assistant County Attorney, Schenectady County
  • Teacher, Metrowest Jewish Day School
  • Pediatrician–Resident, Children’s Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Attorney, law office of Merril S Chin, LLC
  • Program Manager, Count Me in for Women’s Economic Independence
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Golf Digest
  • Project Developer, Northeast Parent and Child Society
  • Special Education Teacher, NYC
  • Sales Coordinator, Titan Advertising
  • Educator, Teach for America
  • Corps member, AmeriCorps

The Department of Sociology is committed to giving students an interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on research, internships and fieldwork.

Sarah Wizner '14

"I was inspired by my class in Human Services and Social Work. I gained hands-on experience, which made me realize that there are many different opportunities in the field."

Sarah Wizner '14

Union students develop the skills and knowledge to critically analyze ideas and theories, collect data and conduct historical research, and search for answers to common societal problems.

As a Sociology major, you have a variety of course choices in areas such as community, family, health and medicine, public policy, the environment, diversity and change, and crime and justice. Most of your classes will involve in-depth discussions and require substantial writing, which will challenge you academically and equip you with excellent communication skills.

Our students gain real-world experience through internships at Capital Region organizations, including the Albany and Schenectady police courts, environmental organizations, state agencies, and volunteer and nonprofit groups.

Many students take part in the Community Service Mini-term, an intensive off-campus program combining service, academic inquiry and critical reflection about social, political, cultural and economic issues. The current focus is hurricane recovery in the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

The student-run Sociology Club sponsors a range of career events, films, discussions, faculty and alumni panels, and other activities.

Our students go on to professional degrees in social work, counseling, business, education, health, law and medicine. They are also well prepared for careers in journalism, nonprofits, politics, public relations and marketing, human resources and public administration.