Sociology : Overview

Department of Sociology

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140

Phone: 716.645.2417
Fax: 716.645.3934
Web Address:
Robert Granfield
Christopher Mele
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Sociology examines the causes, characteristics, changes, and consequences of human behavior in groups, and provides an understanding of the structure and dynamics of social systems and issues. It emphasizes the study of individuals, social groups, and social systems as they relate to each other and to important societal issues, such as community, education, family, gender, social class, culture, law, health, environment, and war. Students are introduced to the history of social thought and to the applied and theoretical methods used to study these diverse topics. Training in sociology prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers and for active, enlightened participation in local, national, and world affairs.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:13 EST