Welcome to the Sociology Department at Ithaca College.

We’re glad you’re here!

What do a family, hospital, college, sports team, and global production chains have in common?

Each is an example of a patterned way of organizing relationships between people. Sociology is the scientific study of these patterned relationships. We seek to understand the causes and consequences of these patterns--how they work as well as their influence at the group and individual levels. Sociology is, in short, the science of the forces shaping our social world and ourselves.

In our courses students learn how to draw on empirical data to understand and disentangle the puzzles that make up our complex social world. Students can then apply these intellectual tools to any variety of settings, from managing interpersonal issues in their own lives, to identifying solutions to pressing social problems.

The sociologists in our department study a range of topics, including:

  • Workplace and the family
  • Social movements
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • Deviance, crime, and law
  • Health, illness, and food
  • Culture and humor
  • Economic Inequality
  • Youth culture
  • Markets and consumerism
  • Race and racism
  • Gender inequality

Many of our majors choose to minor in counseling, housed within our department. Counseling minors can take courses like:

  • Mental Health in Historical Contexts
  • Counseling theories
  • A 3-credit internship at a local organization

Our Department

The Sociology Department at Ithaca College is a welcoming, supportive, and vibrant community. Our department is small enough so that students can develop close relationships with faculty and other students, yet large enough to offer courses and expertise drawn from a wide-range of topics and perspectives within the field of Sociology.

We strive to provide students with the space and resources to grow as thinkers and as individuals. Sociology students in our department are often recognized for their academic achievements, as well as their activism on campus and in the Ithaca community.

We hope that you’ll visit us soon!


Department of Sociology
106 Muller Faculty Center

Administrative Assistant: Penny Bogardus