Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Sociology is the study of human society, social behavior and social change.

The SUNY Potsdam sociology program provides students with skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication, enabling students to pursue a wide variety of careers or continue learning on the graduate level.

Throughout their course work sociology students analyze social institutions; study social problems such as domestic violence, social inequality, crime and poverty, and the environment; and examine the role that race, gender and social status play in our daily lives.  The Department offers both a major and minor in Sociology.

Criminal Justice Studies is the study of the criminal justice system: the perpetrators, agencies and actors involved in the processing and definition of crime, and the social, political and economic phenomena impacting each.

The SUNY Potsdam Criminal Justice Studies program provides a broad interdisciplinary, liberal arts orientation with course requirements in Philosophy, Politics and Sociology and the opportunity for students to elect to study course in Anthropology, Chemistry and Psychology.  The Department offers both a major and minor in Criminal Justice.

The Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice also offers a minor in Human Services and plays an important role in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies programs.