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Bachelor of Science

Overview of Sociology Program

Sociology degree will provide you with the opportunity to work closely with some great faculty while you acquire the skills you need.  

The sociology department aims to properly prepare each student for whatever path they choose. Some students wish to utilize their skills in the context of law or business, while others go on to graduate school, or pursue careers in research. Others might wish to pursue careers in the nonprofit arena working to better their communities. Whatever the individual interest, faculty and staff in the sociology department will look to develop the skills that are most likely to lead to a student’s success.

Sociology is the study of society. Those who study sociology are interested in just about anything that groups of people engage in. By taking sociology courses, you will learn about race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, deviance, culture, subcultures, work, families, social change and much more. It is a discipline with few limitations. 

Methods and perspectives held by sociologists are central to the social sciences as a whole. By majoring in sociology, you may not become a sociologist, but you will learn to see the world in a different light. Your education in this discipline will be deeply engaging, and will inform the decisions you make in everyday life, both large and small.

The department offers a wide breadth of courses centered on a concern for inequality at every level. Students may take courses in Social Change, Race and Ethnicity, Sexualities, Social Theory, and Deviance, among others. The curriculum is flexible, and allows students to pursue a double major, or minors in other academic areas. Upon program completion, students will be prepared to face challenges that exist in today’s society on a global scale, and foster innovative ways of engineering a better society.

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Why Sociology at NU?


The program allows you to focus on what areas speak to you personally. You’ll have opportunities for individualized research with faculty, and advisors give tailored guidance for your career path, or graduate school.

Rigorous Curriculum

Sociology students develop their abilities to write clearly, read and understand difficult texts, communicate effectively, and think critically, through an intensive and challenging curriculum.


Students are equipped to handle diversity and change, and the skills they acquire have practical applications in nearly any workplace or social situation.

Roelissa Bedgood
In the beginning of my journey here at Niagara, I had no idea what I wanted to study. Luckily, through resources on campus, I took a leap of faith and chose sociology. Choosing this major has enriched my academic life tremendously and the professors are always ready to help you in any way possible.
Roelissa Bedgood, ’21


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Faculty & Staff


Jennifer Ebbole

Jennifer Ebbole
Office Administrator

Dr. Sevsem


Assistant Professor

Phone: 716.286.8107



Dr. Kenneth R.


Associate Professor

Phone: 716.286.8094



Dr. Todd


Associate Professor

Phone: 716.286.8081