Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
London Study Abroad Program Each spring, the Department offers a semester-long study abroad program in London, one of the most vibrant, multicultural, and truly global cities in the world. The program
provides an insider's view of London by combining comparative coursework on cutting-edge social issues, the opportunity to pursue independent research, and a professional internship for academic credit. The internships
are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization.
In today's complex world and competitive job market, the decision to study abroad may be one of the best decisions you ever make. You can find more information about the program on our website, by contacting the
Study Abroad office, or by calling 716-645-2417.
Winter Session The Department usually offers a number of Winter Session courses, which can include courses in London, in Singapore, online, and in Buffalo.
Areas of specialization for majors For majors who wish to focus their studies, the Department offers three options for specialization. Majors who complete the requirements for any of these specializations
will be presented with a certificate upon graduation (the specializations will not appear on diplomas or official transcripts).
Health & Society. This specialization is ideal for majors who intend to work in settings which require strong background knowledge in medicine or health, or who want to go to graduate school in sociology,
medicine, the health professions, or public health. Majors can complete the Health & Society specialization by successfully completing SOC 322: Medical Sociology
or SOC 477: Sociology of Health Care, plus two additional health-related sociology electives.
Crime, Law & Justice. This specialization is intended for majors who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in crime or law, or who plan to apply to graduate school in sociology, criminology,
or law. Majors can complete the requirements for specialization in Crime, Law, & Justice by successfully completing SOC 307: Criminology plus two additional law-related
Global Sociology. This specialization recognizes the efforts of students to incorporate cross-cultural understanding and diverse approaches to knowledge and social inquiry into their undergraduate sociology
degree. Majors can earn the Global Sociology specialization by earning Sociology credit in a study abroad or study away program, or by incorporating significant international content in a Sociology Honor's research
Independent Study Sociology students occasionally work individually with faculty through independent studies, assisting with ongoing research projects or developing projects of their own. Valuable
research experience may be acquired in this manner.
Internship Program The internship program is designed to provide practical career-related experience to the sociology major. Placements are available in a wide variety of settings. Internship opportunities
are restricted to majors only with junior or senior class standing.
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
The honors program in the Department of Sociology requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 in sociology and overall. Students must have junior or senior standing and be a major in sociology. Students choosing to participate
in the honors program are required to complete 6 hours of honors credit in the department, normally spanning two semesters. The honors program provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue an individual
research project under close faculty supervision. Honors graduates will be designated as graduating with honors (minimum GPA of 3.25), high honors (minimum 3.5), or highest honors (minimum 3.75).
The Lucia Maria Houpt Prize is awarded each year at graduation "to a student of the senior class judged as having shown the greatest excellence and proficiency in the work of the Sociology department during
the academic year."
The Nathaniel Cantor Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship for sociology or anthropology undergraduate students who plan to enter the fields of social work, vocational rehabilitation, or anthropology.
The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to undergraduate Sociology majors who require financial assistance to fund their participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted
on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the study abroad program.
The Department of Sociology also offers several scholarships to eligible UB undergraduate sociology majors and minors who decide to extend their studies after receiving the Bachelor's degree, by pursuing
a Master's degree in Sociology at UB.
Alpha Kappa Delta/Zeta Chapter at UB accepts sociology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in sociology and overall. Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in sociology
and must be at least a junior. For more information, call (716) 645-2417.
The Undergraduate Sociology Club welcomes all students interested in sociology, regardless of major. Attending the meetings and events of the Sociology Club is one of the best ways to get connected to the department.
The Club sponsors events such as movie nights, dinners with faculty, seminars and speakers, field trips, job market and graduate school information sessions, and otherwise serves as a gathering-point for student interests
and activities. The Sociology Club also helps organize the departmental graduation ceremony. For more information, email Professor Kristen Schultz Lee (email@example.com) or
call (716) 645-2417.