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Welcome to the Sociology Program

The Sociology program at Le Moyne College provides students with rigorous training in the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Critical training is provided in scientific and humanistic methods of analysis. Graduates are able to apply diverse analytical perspectives to a global world and are prepared to provide leadership toward a more ethical and just society. A major or minor in sociology is one of the most direct ways to delve into serious study of the world around us. At Le Moyne, a sociology degree allows students to study with scholars who have earned their degrees from some of the nation’s leading schools of Economics, Public Affairs, Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology of Religion. In the long-term the department’s rigorous program of study prepares its graduates for successful careers in a variety of fields including the human services, education, academia, law and criminology and criminal justice.

Sociology Courses and Requirements

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Sociology, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Meet the Faculty

To learn more about the faculty in the Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, please click here.

Mission Statement of the Sociology Program

The sociology program at Le Moyne College engages students in the challenging study of human social behavior, the social construction of social behavior and its multifaceted causes and consequences. Grounded in a strong theoretical foundation, students examine and analyze diverse factors influencing human social behavior across the life course. By graduation, students are able to apply diverse analytical perspectives within a research framework and to provide leadership toward a more ethical and just society.

Learning Goals for the Sociology Major

The goals of the curriculum for the bachelor's degree in sociology include the expectation that student will develop the following competencies and be able to practice them upon receiving their degree.

  1. Theory. The ability to discuss and apply classic and contemporary sociological theory to common units of analysis like individuals, social groups, organization and societies. This is demonstrated through appropriate use of the sociological perspective and the ability to synthesize existing theories to address original questions. Possess an appreciation for and an understanding of the role of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and merit in society and in sociological analysis.
  2. Methods. The ability to conduct sociological research and to be able to understand and critique existing social science research. Possess a familiarity with and ability to apply a professional code of ethics to research and practice and to link this ability to a set of personal and professional ethics consistent with Le Moyne's mission.
  3. Professional Socialization. Understanding the relationship between sociology and other allied social science disciplines. The ability to communicate sociological information in oral, written and graphical form to professional and lay audiences. Being prepared for graduate or professional education and/or entry-level positions in areas for which the major and concentration have provided training.

Get Involved on Campus
Sociology Club

The Sociology Club serves the needs of sociology students which are not typically met in formal classroom settings. Many of its activities are career-oriented. Speakers, often Le Moyne graduates, address student concerns regarding careers and preparation for employment. The club sponsors student attendance at professional conferences. And finally, club members organize social activities for students and faculty to meet in a relaxed setting.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the national honor society for sociology. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate students majoring in sociology who are in their junior or senior year and to provide a medium — the refereed journal Sociological Inquiry — through which scholarly work in sociology can be communicated to the scientific community. Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors an annual undergraduate paper competition and provides funds for student research projects and symposia. Membership in AKD is a nationally recognized mark of distinction for a student’s resume or application to graduate programs.

You can get more information about AKD at the webpage for the national office of AKD:

American Sociological Association

After Graduation

Each of the department’s five concentrations provides rigorous sociological training with emphasis on the skills needed to prepare for careers after graduation.

  • Human services concentration – work in direct-assistance organizations or for graduate study in applied sociology, clinical sociology or social work
  • Research and Theory – an academic career such as teaching and doing research in sociology. Students with a concentration in research and theory also may go on to do graduate study in either Ph.D. or applied master’s programs in sociology or professional education in fields such as business, public health and urban planning.
  • Criminology and criminal justice – any area of the criminal justice system or for graduate work in law or criminology
  • Education concentrations – teaching careers
  • Anthropology – cross-cultural interactions and understanding, a tool that is useful in any career

Meet the Faculty

Frank Ridzi

Frank Ridzi

Department Chair, Associate Professor View Bio
Jeffrey Chin

Jeffrey Chin

Professor View Bio
Cliff Donn

Cliff Donn

Professor View Bio

Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

Tuesday, October 4

Dr. Cliff Donn
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology; Le Moyne College
“The Educational Reform Movement: Why Are Public Schools Failing and Who Is to Blame?”

Reilley Room (Reilly Hall 446), 4:00 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm
Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2016 Social Science seminars.

Social Sciences Seminars
Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

Join us to learn about the active social science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and professors from other colleges and universities.

Sponsored by the social science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Frank Ridzi.

Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons in the Reilly Room, Reilly Hall 446, at 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 13

Dr. Matthew Loveland
Department of Political Science; Le Moyne College
"Your Atheist Friend: Secularism and Trust?"

Tuesday, October 4

Dr. Cliff Donn
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology; Le Moyne College
“The Educational Reform Movement: Why Are Public Schools Failing and Who Is To Blame?”

Tuesday, October 25

Dr. Brenda Kirby
Department of Psychology; Le Moyne College
"But There Was No Body! Insights from Doing Jury Deliberation Research”

Tuesday, November 15

Dr. Hugo Jales
Department of Economics; Syracuse University
"Measuring the Role of the 1959 Revolution on Cuba's Economic Performance"

Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Frank Ridzi


(315) 445-4480


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 417
Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4100


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