Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

Sociology is a science that studies, investigates and seeks to understand human behavior and social order. It is a growing field in our ever-changing society, as social research informs lawmakers, educators, businesses, non-profit agencies and other institutions. Consider sociology if you desire to help others and make a difference in the community and the world.

Program Description

Program coursework is diverse, covering a wide range of educational and career interests. You will study topics such as social change, health and wellness, race and ethnic relations and other specialized subjects. Combine classroom study, community-based learning, faculty research assistance, internships, and available study abroad programs and be well-prepared for public and private sector jobs in human services, criminal justice and business.

Earn membership in the Sociology honor society, a fellowship group dedicated to promoting human welfare through scientific knowledge applied to the solution of social problems. Add a minor in child, family and community studies and develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of family within society.

Highlighted Courses

  • SOC 111 Social Problems
  • SOC 432 Social Theory
  • SOC 273 Social Movements and Social Change
  • SOC 291 Gender and Society


Faculty members have received numerous National Science Foundation grants as well as local and state grants to support social research initiatives.


Destinations in 13 countries for available study abroad programs.

Climate Justice and Community Engagement: Addressing the Climate Crisis

Canisius offers lifelong learning classes for those in the community wanting to take non-credit classes to continue learning in an area that intersts them. The Sociology department will be offering a class on Climate Justice for those interested in social and historical trajectory of climate change as well as a review of the UN Sustainability Goals and practices and the classification of a climate in crisis.

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