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Sociology

Department of Sociology

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140

Phone: 716.645.2417
Fax: 716.645.3934
Web Address: sociology.buffalo.edu
Debra Street
Chair
Mary Nell Trautner
Director of Undergraduate Studies
trautner@buffalo.edu

Program Overview

Sociology is the scientific study of social life. In particular, sociology examines how membership in different groups and interactions with social structures and social institutions affects our daily lives. Sociologists study questions such as: Why do women earn less than men? What effect does poverty have on health? How do couples decide who is responsible for household chores? Are married people happier than single people? Why are so many neighborhoods racially segregated? Why do individuals commit crime? How does a prison record affect a person's chances of getting a job? At UB, we offer courses related to a wide variety of social problems and institutions including family, gender, race, social class, the city, law, crime, health, organizations, and the environment. Training in sociology prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers as well as active, enlightened participation in local, national, and world affairs.

Last updated: September 10, 2014 11:09 am EST