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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.

    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.

    Meet the Faculty

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

    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 24th

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    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 2017 Social Sciences 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. Wayne Grove.

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

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the “Level” Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, October 3

    Not Your Average Master’s Thesis: Connecting Research to Practice
    Brianna Vespone ’13 M.S., N.C.C.
    Career Advisor, University of Rochester

    Tuesday, October 24

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, November 14

    Right to Sell in the City: Politics of Informal Retail in the Neoliberal Era
    Anirban Acharya, M.A., M.Phil.
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Le Moyne College

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Frank Ridzi


    (315) 445-4480


    Contact the Department:

    Reilly Hall 416
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4100


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