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Understand the social forces that move the world.

Why do humans behave the way they do? Sociologists approach this question through the study of human groups in society. As a sociology major, you will explore the interaction of individuals and society, learn about the processes of social change and broaden your understanding of the forces that move our world.

The study of sociology will give you insight into America’s rich diversity of cultures and a new perspective on contemporary social and technological change. You’ll learn both theory and research methodology as you choose from more than 50 different course offerings, reflecting the depth and breadth of this field. Whether you choose to further your studies at the graduate level or enter the workforce, you will graduate well prepared for success in a wide variety of careers, from research and academia to business, law, medicine, social service, human resources, non-profit management and criminal justice.

Professionally recognized, personally focused

Iona is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and Sociology students are active participants in the school’s Undergraduate Research Day, sharing results of their sociology research projects.

Our commitment to small class sizes ensures that you will receive an education that is personalized, values-based and supportive of your success. You can also depend on our faculty to provide invaluable guidance on internships, service learning, research opportunities and mentoring advice after graduation.

Women’s Studies Minor

The Sociology Department participates in the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Program, which exposes students, both female and male, to the contributions of women in society from a range of perspectives. Learn more about the Women’s Studies minor.

Popular Sociology Courses

Sociology courses attract students from many of Iona’s degree programs. Three of the most popular courses include:
  • Popular Culture: This course addresses many of the cultural topics and issues students are already discussing, in ways that transcend social boundaries.
  • Race and Ethnic Relations: Valuable for any student who wants to succeed in an increasingly diverse global society.
  • Sex and Gender Roles in Modern Society: Often described as “eye-opening” by students, this course addresses gender equality and the impact of gender on one’s life.

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Joseph Salvo
As director of the population division of the NYC Department of City Planning, for nearly two decades Dr. Salvo has aggressively pursued New Yorkers whom the Census Bureau missed in its official count or would not have found unless he told the bureau where to look. The city’s chief demographer, he, along with his staff, keeps other city agencies abreast of population trends.

Dr. Gregory Wilkinson
Gregory Wilkinson, M.D. is an American doctor in Haiti who saves lives.  A graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), this Family Practitioner provides routine and emergency medical care to children and adults in impoverished communities in Haiti.  His Iona College Sociology degree enables him to treat his patients with an understanding of the social forces that shape the lives of individuals, families, and communities.