Why Choose Siena Sociology?

Why Choose Siena Sociology?

Systematic Study of Societies

Social Institutions: Family, Religion, State, Media, Law, Education, etc.

Social Processes: Globalization, Neoliberalism, Conflict, Development, etc.

Social Identities: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality, Religion, Ethnicity, etc.

Social Problems: Public Health Crisis, Crime, Mass Incarceration, Digital Divide, Environmental Degradation, etc.

Conduct Research and Analyze Data

Learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Our students analyze data using software like the MAXQDA and the SPSS. Systematic data analysis in sociology provides a strong analytic foundation and helps students in their careers across sectors- administration, NGO’s, government, business, communications etc.

Interdisciplinary Experience

Our students are in a unique position to capitalize on our in-house interdisciplinary strengths. The Sociology department faculty directs 4 interdisciplinary programs: The Certificate in Community Development and Minors in Health Studies, Criminal Justice and International Studies.

Gain a Global and Transnational Perspective

Learn about societies from a global and historical perspective. In addition to offering courses with a global focus, our students also have an opportunity to take domestic and international travel courses.

Community Relevance

In the spirit of Siena’s Franciscan mission, our students engage with their local communities. Sociology faculty, students, and alumni make a difference in their world through civic engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels. We believe in the use of public sociology to renew continually the communities and worlds in which we live. We are committed to working toward a more just and compassionate world through our teaching, learning, research, and civic engagement.

Preparation for Graduate School

An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including sociology, law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration etc.

Department Chair

Beverly Thompson

Beverly J. Yuen Thompson

Associate Professor of Sociology

322 Rosetti Hall

(518) 783‑2468