Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Sociology

Sociology addresses the most challenging matters facing society today. Saints strive to better understand the complex social forces that affect people’s lives, in addition to becoming engaged in the study of and solutions to these issues. Applied media studies, team-based learning, service learning programs, internships and a senior capstone course provide the perspective and experience necessary to prepare you for a successful career in a number of fields such as human resources, law, research, public policy, public relations, media and more.

​Program Highlights

  • Franciscan perspectives on social justice, human rights and civic engagement.
  • Civic-oriented travel courses to places such as Mississippi, Maine, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Bolivia and Scotland.
  • Diverse faculty expertise, including: the Civil Rights Movement, health and aging, criminology, immigration, labor migration, civic engagement, media studies and subcultures.
  • Applied media studies courses where students learn new technology, including photography, documentary film and visual sociology tools.
  • Ability to participate in annual sociology student symposium.
  • Students and faculty attend sociology conferences together.
  • Project and team-based learning.
  • Senior capstone course.
  • Service learning programs, volunteer work and internships.
  • Preparation for careers in community and social services, administrative support/management, program coordinators/human resources, criminal Justice and law enforcement, education, government, research, marketing and the nonprofit sector.

Skills Developed

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication and writing
  • Research and statistical analysis
  • Understanding of cultural diversity
  • Civic and social responsibility
  • Leadership skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Public speaking
  • Networking

Employers of our Graduates

  • Unity House
  • Girls, Inc.
  • City Year
  • Veteran Affairs
  • Colonie Police Department
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights

Internship Sites

  • Commercial Investigations, Troy, NY
  • Best Buddies New York
  • Siena Research Institute
  • Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, Albany
  • Cancer Services Program, American Cancer Society
  • St. Pius X School
  • Siena College Athletics Department
  • Unity House
  • USCRI (Columbia University)
  • South End Improvement Corporation
  • Media Alliance

Department of Sociology

Do you want to understand the crisis in the health care system? Do you want to study crime and justice related issues like the impact of mass incarceration? Do social problems like inequality, global political violence, human trafficking and violence against women bother you? Are you intrigued by the disconnect between your experiences and the policies and communicative strategies of government, media or corporates?

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Career Opportunities

Sociologists study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

Job titles include: Research Scientist, Research Associate, Social Scientist, Behavioral Scientist, Foundation Program Director, International Health Director (Health Science Administration), Policy Analyst, Research and Evaluation Manager, Research Center Director, Research Coordinator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,960 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is expected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Sociology Professors teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Sociology Professor, Professor, Sociology Instructor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Social Science Instructor, Professor of Sociology, Lecturer, Associate Professor of Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Wages:

The median annual wage was $66,150 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Child, family and school social workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Job titles include: School Social Worker, Family Service Worker, Case Manager, Foster Care Social Worker, Social Worker, Family Protection Specialist, Youth Services Specialist, Case Worker, Caseworker and Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker).

Wages:

The median annual wage was $41,530 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Mental Health Counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Job titles include Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $40,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Job titles include: Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, School Superintendent, School Administrator, Athletic Director, Special Education Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $87,760 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Social and Community Service Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization’s budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Job titles include: Program Director, Social Services Director, Program Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator, Adoption Services Manager, Children’s Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Social Worker (CSBG/Outreach Social Worker), Director of Child Welfare Services, Director of Social Services

Wages:

The median annual wage was $59,970 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

School Counselors counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Job titles include Guidance Counselor, Counselor, School Counselor, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Career Services Director, Academic Counselor, Advisor and Career Center Director.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,610 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

Job titles include: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $39,980 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Job titles include: Market Research Analyst, Market Analyst, Project Manager, Market Research Consultant, Client Service and Consulting Manager, Market Research Manager, Product Line Manager, Business Development Specialist, Client Services Vice President, Communications Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $60,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Human resource specialists perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

Job titles include: Corporate Recruiter, Employment Coordinator, Employment Representative, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources HR Generalist, Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist), Personnel Coordinator, Recruiter and Technical Recruiter.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,800 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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Human Resources Managers plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

Job titles include: Human Resources Manager (HR Manager), Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director (HR Director), Employee Benefits Manager, Human Resources Vice President and Employee Relations Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $99,720 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Marketing Managers plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Job titles include: Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, Vice President of Marketing, Business Development Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Account Supervisor, Business Development Director, Commercial Lines Manager, Commercial Marketing Specialist, Market Development Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $119,480 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

Higher education administrators, or postsecondary educational administrators, plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Job titles include: Dean, Registrar, Academic Dean, Provost, Academic Affairs Vice President, College President, Admissions Director, Dean of Students, Financial Aid Director, and Academic Affairs Dean.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,490 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Job titles include: Attorney, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Associate, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, City Attorney, County Attorney, Partner and Assistant Counsel.

Wages:

The median annual wage for lawyers was $113,530 in May 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022