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

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.

Special learning opportunities

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.

"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 opportunities in the field."
- Sarah Wizner

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.

Meet some of our faculty

George Bizer

George Bizer

Ph.D., Ohio State University
Special interests: Social psychology with a focus on attitude formation and strength

Cay Anderson-Hanley

Cay Anderson-Hanley

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
Special interests: Clinical psychology with interests in health psychology, gerontology and clinical neuropsychology

Joshua Hart

Joshua Hart

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Special interests: Personality and social psychology, with an emphasis on processes related to close relationships, self-esteem, worldviews

Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns

Ph.D., University at Binghamton, SUNY
Special interests: Cognitive psychology with special interests in memory

After Union

Lectrice of English, Rennes, France

Psychiatric social worker, Bellevue Hospital Center

Ph.D. student in social psychology, University of Iowa

Account Executive, Indeed.com

Clinical trial coordinator, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Ed.M. student in psychological counseling, Teachers College Columbia University

Careers by field:

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