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 other fields that make a difference in the community.

Majoring in Sociology

As a Sociology major, 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.

Program Opportunities

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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Your Future

With a bachelor’s degree 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.

Careers with a Degree in Sociology

Our bachelor’s degree in Sociology will prepare you for rewarding and meaningful work that makes the world a better place. Sociology majors 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.

Graduate Studies

Many Sociology majors choose to continue their studies and may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to:

Learning Experience

The bachelor’s program in Sociology at Russell Sage College provides you with relevant coursework, internships and research experiences, whether you want to address public-health crises or promote social justice.

Research & Internships

Build your resume and professional network at an internship aligned with your career goals. Recent internships have included Unity House of Troy and the New York State Education Department.


You will also design and implement your own research project during your senior year. Our students have had research published in the Journal of Student Research, and regularly present research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, regional conferences and Russell Sage College’s Undergraduate Research Day.

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Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science
Assistant Professor of Geography & Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement
Faculty Director of the Women’s Institute