Welcome to the Department of Sociology


Specialized Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Concentrations: Community Development, Criminal Justice, Ethnic Studies, and Family Studies

Sociology is fascinating! Everything we do has sociological implications. Sociology provides the critical and vital basis for understanding all societies and social groupings. Nyack’s sociology major trains students to become critical and analytical thinkers, and to develop creative and innovative solutions to social problems.

Why Study Sociology at Nyack?

Nyack’s Sociology major is a rigorous program of study that retains enough flexibility to accommodate students with diverse career goals and plans. The curriculum takes advantage of the unparalleled multicultural environment of the New York Metropolitan area and offers students the opportunity to conduct supervised practice and research in community organizations.  Internships allow students to integrate prior course knowledge and potential career interest with real work experience. The program also helps students develop proficiency in the following transferable skills sets, which are needed for the job market and graduate school:

  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Quantitative and technological literacy skills
  • Cross-cultural understanding
What Will I Study?

The Sociology Department at Nyack College seeks to develop students who can apply sociological knowledge and skills to understand, problem-solve, and transform society from God’s perspective. Students are encouraged to consider their role in society and their responsibility to make the world a better place. Core elements of Sociology courses at Nyack College include the following:

  • Role of faith in society
  • Marriage and family
  • Social essence of the human being
  • Study of power
  • Study of social class
  • Understanding and caring about the poor
Career Opportunities

Just about every job in today’s economy involves working with people in society. For this reason, studying sociology is excellent preparation for the following professions and career fields:

  • Family services
  • Human services
  • Medical sociologist
  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Market research
  • Population analyst
  • Public relations
Our Graduates

Graduates of Nyack’s Sociology program have gone on to become doctoral students as well as work in the following professions:

  • Attorney
  • Brand Marketing Manager
  • Digital Media Analyst
  • Occupational and Safety Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Social and Community Service Manager
Key Faculty
  • Charles Awasu
  • Miguel Sanchez


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“The small size of the department allows students to get individual and specialized attention from their professors.” Jonelle Bristol, Class of 2007

“Due to the department's small size, students form mentoring relationships with their professors that are beneficial to the student's growth, both as a person and a scholar.” Daniel Serrano, Class of 2013

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