Welcome to the Sociology Department at SUNY Old Westbury

What degrees does the Sociology Department offer?

The Sociology Department at Old Westbury offers degree programs in Sociology (B.A. or B.S.) and in Criminology (B.S.).  It contributes to minors in Global Studies, Media & Communications, Pre-Law, Public Policy, Social Work, and Women’s Studies.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human behavior.  As a discipline, Sociology uses theories and scientific methods to examine the significance of institutions, power, economics, meaning, culture, and group dynamics in experiences of the social world.  Criminology is the sociological study of a particular aspect of that social world: crime and criminal behavior.


What can I do with a Sociology degree?

A major in Sociology or Criminology is a route to a well-rounded liberal arts education. Although the major does not provide vocational training, coursework in the major offers background and skills necessary for a wide range of careers.  Sociology and Criminology graduates may find themselves working in education, human resources, the non-profit sector, market research, data analysis, social work, or the criminal justice field.  A Sociology or Criminology major is also great preparation for graduate study

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