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Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Yeshiva College. The Sociology Department at Yeshiva College offers both a major and a minor in sociology, as well as minors in public health and criminology. A sociology degree is excellent preparation for graduate study or a career in law, criminal justice, law enforcement, social work, research, public administration, business, medicine, counseling, health care management or other service professions.

What Is Sociology? From the American Sociological Association:

"Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.

"Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work."

Mission Statement: 

The mission of the Sociology program is to prepare students for employment and/or to pursue advanced studies in various fields ranging from journalism, political analysis, market research, law, medicine, psychology, sociology or social work to just name a few. Students will be prepared for these careers by studying social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology majors will learn to investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how these structures constrain peoples’ lives in different ways. Our program will teach students to analyze a wide range of social institutions like law, family, medicine, education, mass media and religion. Sociology majors will learn to analyze social institutions by focusing on structures like race, gender and class. Familiarizing students with social theories will help students understand how these structures stratify societies. Despite all this diversity in our field, the discipline of sociology has a powerful coherence that comes from a collective dedication to developing theoretical principles about social life and testing them with empirical evidence. 

Student Learning Goals: 

  • Analyze social problems by using sociological theories and research. 
  • Understand the complexity of human behavior and social institutions. 
  • Evaluate scientific studies to inform their understanding of social problems. 
  • Analyze diverse societies, social structures and social stratification in the United States and in an international comparative perspective.
  • Evaluate ethical issues that arise when studying human behavior and social institutions. 

For more information about the Sociology Department at Yeshiva College, please contact Professor Silke Aisenbrey at or 212.960.5400 ext. 6918.