Sociology Major & Minor

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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Market research analysts
  • School and career counselors
  • Human resource specialists
  • Media and communication workers
  • Management analysts


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 38,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)


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 work for :

  • 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

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.

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 minors in criminal justice and social work.

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 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 and Department Chair
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.
Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
American politics with a particular focus on public opinion and voting, political parties and elections, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.
Amber M. Kerwin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
MA, Boston University
Areas of expertise:
criminal justice, corrections, juvenile delinquency, policing, police investigations.
Laura Landertinger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Toronto

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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