Undergraduate Overview

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Sociology and Criminology prepares undergraduate students to become active, enlightened citizens of the world. Asking important questions like: “What effect does poverty have on health?” and “How does inequality shape social policies?” paves the way for students to become leaders in their fields and catalyze social change in their communities.

Why Study Sociology?

To keep up with a rapidly changing social landscape, sociology majors aquire the ability to critically analyze the world and their place within it through a wide range of fascinating courses. An undergraduate degree in sociology provides students with the technical and analytic tools, critical thinking skills and global perspective they need to navigate the 21st century successfully and succeed in many careers. 

Why Study Criminology?

Crime and punishment are among the most pressing issues facing society today. Majoring in criminology equips students with the skills to understand why crime occurs, how broader social forces and inequalities shape society’s response to crime, and critically evaluate issues of justice and safety, Through theoretical and methodological courses, majors develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to examine how social forces and structural inequalities (including race, class and gender) shape crime, punishment, and the criminal justice system.


Graduates from UB’s Department of Sociology and Criminology apply their knowledge and skills across a variety of occupations and professions including medical and health services, recreation, business, law and law enforcement, urban planning, social policy, and social services. They are also prepared for graduate and professional school programs in areas such as sociology, criminology, medicine, health professions, law, public policy, business, social work and other social sciences.

Provisonal Admission to Criminology MS Program

All undergraduate Sociology and Criminology majors that graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be provisionally admitted to the Criminology MS program. For more information on the College of Arts and Sciences Provisional Admission program, please click here.

Why do you recommend the undergraduate sociology program at UB?

"I recommend this program because I believe that a college degree should be a reflection of who you are as a person and a reflection of where you want to go in life. A sociology degree provides all students with the necessary skills to pursue a wide variety of graduate programs and/or professional careers. I am confident that when a student graduates with a sociology degree, they are able to see the world, and our societies within, from many different perspectives and bring about positive social change."
– Ashley Scott, BA '15


  • BA in Sociology
  • BA in Criminology
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Minor in Criminology
  • Minor in Social Justice
  • Minor in Society, Medicine and Health
  • Understanding Diversity Through Sociology Micro-Credential
  • Crime and Justice in a Diverse Society Micro-Credential

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Student Spotlight

  • April 2024: Sara Bachraty
    Our Student Spotlight for this month goes to Sara Bachraty! Sara was drawn to Sociology because “I've always been fascinated by society and social rules, and I have tremendous respect for the value of data, especially when considering such personal topics that Sociology analyzes.” After graduating this semester, Sara will continue her academic career here at UB’s Law School.