Sociology Majors Use Hands-on Research to Make a Difference in the Community

Through theory-based curriculum and hands-on research, sociology majors at Canisius College develop critical thinking skills and learn to investigate and understand patterns of human behavior. To apply what they learned, students have many opportunities to help others and make a difference in the community through community-based learning programs and internships. 

Graduates are well-prepared for careers in a variety of public and private sector settings, including human services, criminal justice, management, marketing, human resources and sales.  In addition, sociology graduates are well-prepared for graduate studies in sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, social work, law, education, some health-related professions or businesses. 

Why Study Sociology at Canisius?

  • Internships offer sociology majors many diverse opportunities to explore careers and get valuable real-world experience that enhances classroom work.  Students have interned at social service agencies such as Crisis Services and Child Protective Services.
  • Sociology graduates are employed at agencies such as Catholic Charities, West Seneca Developmental Center, Sisters of Charity Hospital, the Buffalo Employment and Training Center
  • Sociology majors participate in many community-based learning and in the culturally and socially diverse city of Buffalo, NY.  Service-learning is often a component of sociology courses with volunteer work in the community linked to material studied in class. 
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society, promotes human welfare through a fellowship group interested in developing scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems.  Students selected for membership meet regularly to discuss contemporary social challenges.  The honor society also sponsors panel presentations about careers in sociology. 
  • Among other specialties, faculty members have expertise in gender and society, and the sociology of the family.
  • A minor in child, family and community studies can be added to many majors if you intend to seek a deeper understanding of the dynamics of family relations and the interaction of the family within society.

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