Skip directly to main navigation | secondary navigation | main content

Majors Detail

Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The major gives students the opportunity to focus on basic science yet dive deeply into public and educational policies. Gender, racial, and income inequality, as well as drug use, economic development and organizational practices are among the topics investigated.

Students develop fundamental insight and understanding of sociological issues as well as advanced research skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. The department has an excellent track record of placing majors in law and medical schools, as well as in graduate programs in sociology and allied fields. Recent sociology majors have found jobs with a wide range of employers, from those in business to education, government, law, media, public interest, and public service.

Interesting Classes

  • Inequality and the Workplace
  • Drugs and Society
  • Evolving Families: Challenges to Family Policy
  • Toleration and Fundamentalism
  • Internet and Society

Students went on to...

  • Study public health at Johns Hopkins University
  • Become an editorial assistant at Hearst Corporation
  • Study law at Wake Forest University

More Information

More information for the Sociology major, Sociology graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.