B.A. Degree in Sociology
Sociology is the systematic study of the organization and condition of society. Using both empirical and conceptual tools, the discipline analyzes the behavior of groups and the workings of social institutions. Sociology is empirical in the sense that most sociologists gather facts, but facts do not speak for themselves. Uncovering the underlying patterns that make facts meaningful is the purpose of social theory. Sociology offers a coherent method by which social patterns can be brought to light and applied to the making of social policy decisions. The student sociologist learns to observe, measure, report, analyze, and draw conclusions about human social behavior in all its complexity.
A major in sociology is solid preparation not only for graduate study in the field but for careers such as in teaching, advertising, law, and administration. In both the public and private sectors, sociologists are called upon to collect data, analyze results, and generate new knowledge. Sociologists play a leadership role in many non-profit organizations, focused on a range of social issues.
Major or Minor in Sociology
The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and minor in sociology.
The department also offers the Criminal Justice major in conjunction with the University College program.
Students who major in Sociology and have an interest in elementary education may pursue a complementary course of study through the Scholars Teacher Education Program (STEP), a unique, five-year combined bachelor's and master's program that integrates field-intensive programs with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences
The dedicated sociology faculty provides mentoring, advisement, and support to students.
Students who graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be granted honors in sociology. Each year the department recognizes graduating seniors with awards for academic excellence and also extends an invitation for students to join Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociology honor society.
Students who wish to major in sociology should refer to the Advisement Handbook for Sociology Majors (PDF 228KB) for additional information about courses, advisement, and department policies.
For additional information about the Adelphi University sociology degree program, please contact:
Department of Sociology
Blodgett Hall, Room 102
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
p - 516.877.4110
f - 516.877.4717