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Sociology

Sociology

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.

Careers

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.

Careers

Union offers a solid foundation in the geological sciences that gives students a competitive edge in the job market and fosters success in graduate or professional school.

After Union


Adult services caseworker, Albany County

Project developer, Northeast Parent and Child Society

Teacher, Metrowest Jewish Day School

Program manager, Count Me in for Women's Economic Independence

Careers by field:

Life at Union outcomes graphic

Meet some of our faculty


Bernhard Kuhn

DAVID COTTER

Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Special interests: Methods of social research, community, sociology of religion

Timothy Stablein

Timothy Stablein

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Special interests: Social deviance, juvenile delinquency, health and medicine, qualitative sociology

Melinda Goldner

Melinda Goldner

Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Special interests: Medical sociology, public health, social movements, race, class and gender

Deidre Hill Butler

Deidre Hill Butler

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Clark University,
Special interests: African American culture, political sociology, American families