Sociology Major & Minor

Sociologists investigate human relationships and interaction at interpersonal, organizational, institutional, societal, and global levels. What’s your passion?

Hartwick’s sociology major offers students immediate opportunities to synthesize what they’re learning in the classroom with community experience. Some courses provide community-based learning and experiential opportunities that connect students directly to local, national, and international organizations.

Where degrees in sociology can take you.

The understanding of how people interact and behave in groups provides an excellent background for a wide range of careers.

These include fields like criminal justice, law enforcement, business, higher education administration, education, international relations, social advocacy, law, social work and many forms of non-profit and  government service. Many sociology students also enroll in Hartwick’s education program.

A closer look.

Hartwick’s sociology students may take courses in areas of departmental focus and expertise: criminal justice, social work/community advocacy, social justice/human rights, global studies, and applied health. Hartwick offers a minor in criminal justice.

Beyond the basic.

The Hartwick Sociology Department offers a wide range of special study opportunities, including off-campus programs in Charleston, SC and Ireland, and internships in law, health, youth, social advocacy, and criminal justice organizations in the local community and throughout the country.

Students have opportunities for collaborative research with community partners and faculty and to work with local agencies, conduct research, and present in local and national academic settings.

Putting sociology to work.

Hartwick sociology students are well-prepared for graduate study in the field, and go on to rewarding careers in a variety of fields.

Hartwick alumni are employed :

  • The Center for Disabilities
  • Head Start
  • New York Council on Not-for-Profits
  • Rhode Island Orphan Program
  • NYPD Academy
  • Onondaga County Sherriff’s Department
  • Congress

Hartwick graduates study at:

  • Columbia University Teachers College
  • Syracuse University
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • Connecticut Law School
  • Marywood School of Social Work
  • Seton Hall Law School
  • Boston University

Meet the sociology faculty.

Hartwick’s expert sociology faculty are focused on the future. That’s because they work side-by-side with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Ryan Ceresola
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Areas of expertise:
criminology, criminal justice, political sociology, rural sociology, civic engagement
Elena Chernyak
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Areas of expertise:
sociology, social work, women’s studies, gender-based violence and inequality, social theories, feminist theories, social psychology, family studies, Soviet/post-Soviet societies.
Reid Golden
Professor & Department Chair of Sociology
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
Medical Sociology, Health Policy, Gerontology, Demography, Critical Incident Management, Criminology, Educational Assessment, Social History of the Catskills, Irish Culture and Society.
Barbara Smith
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D. Candidate; Texas State University – San Marcos
Areas of expertise:
criminology, criminal justice

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick sociology experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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