Your Major Can Change the World
A bachelor’s degree in Sociology is superb preparation for graduate studies or a career in law, criminal justice, public service and many other fields that make a difference in the community.
As a student in our bachelor’s program in Sociology, you’ll take core courses in theory and research methods and additional courses in a pathway you select: General Sociology, Crime and Justice or Public Health. You will also develop and implement your own research project and build your resume and professional network at an internship aligned with your goals.
Our professors are experienced and respected scholars — but they are teachers, first. Because Russell Sage College is a small school, you will find lots of one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors who work with you to brainstorm internship opportunities, propose research studies and workshop writing projects.
Sociology majors may apply for the Doris Adams Ferguson ’53 Memorial Fund for Sociology, which supports travel, field study or other expenses related to a research project, internship or advanced study. Ferguson Fellows recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to research women in politics and government; to Atlanta, to attend a national conference with a keynote address by writer Alice Walker; and to New Orleans, to study mental illness and poverty.
You will also learn from thought-leaders who visit campus to speak on wide-ranging and complex topics, as part of Hoffman Lecture in Sociology or another lecture series.
“The students are interested in social change, activism and social justice issues — and they bring that to the classroom.”
Michelle Napierski-Prancl, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
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As a graduate of the Russell Sage College bachelor’s program in Sociology, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in a range of fields that serve the community and advance social justice, or to continue your education in grad school.
Our bachelor’s program in Sociology will prepare you for rewarding and meaningful work that makes the world a better place. Sociology graduates become attorneys, social workers and public-health and health-science professionals. Others work in the criminal-justice field, education, government or in research. Recent graduates have been hired by Policy Research Associates Inc. in Albany and the Warren Street Academy in Hudson, New York.
Many of our Sociology graduates choose to continue their studies and may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to: