Meet Our Students

Based on faculty and instructor nominations to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the department chooses one undergraduate major  to feature as our monthly Sociology Student Spotlight. This program recognizes the extraordinary achievements, accomplishments, and activities of our undergraduate students.

Current Student Spotlight:

Mariama Fall.

May 2019: Joe Buttino

Joe admits he didn’t know much about Sociology before starting at UB and taking Sociology courses.  He says “I find the content incredibly relevant to understanding life more fully and how to address the most complicated problems faced by people of all ages.” Joe has been a particularly active member of the department community, serving as a research assistant, a CAS ambassador, and an officer in the Sociology Club.  This summer, Joe will attend the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association to present his research.

After graduation, Joe plans to travel and work before applying to graduate school.  He says he’s particularly interested in learning more about “how social context affects biological mechanisms and gene expression.”

Previous Student Spotlights

Leah says she chose to become a sociology major because, as a sociology major, “I have the ability to see beyond the surface of society and really begin to be critical of social life. Inequality has always been a concept of interest and sociology has really helped me expand that understanding.” Leah has particularly enjoyed her criminology coursework at UB because “We viewed content and subjects at hand in the sociological lens which was powerful in my opinion.”
Mariama says she chose Sociology as her major because: “I’m very interested in how societies, and individuals in them, function as a living organism. I want to learn more about how different groups in societies interact with the institutions they live with on a daily basis.”
Sara started out as a Psychology major at UB but ultimately decided to add Sociology as a major. She describes her decision to doublemajor this way: “I found myself drawn to Sociology courses in my elective choices. With each successive class, my interest in the field grew. I began to feel a synergy between the things I was learning in Psychology and the wider application of many of those concepts to communities and human populations through Sociology. The questions that Sociology asks, the concepts that I learned and the research that I read drew me to the field.”
When asked why he became a sociology major, Bryan explained: “I am a sociology major because I am interested in the social justice problems that my community in Brooklyn, New York is experiencing, such as gentrification. Sociology is my way of understanding the reasons for and consequences of what my community is undergoing. It is through understanding that proper action can be taken.”
When asked why he became a sociology major, Marc says, “Because I am interested in the social world and how it interplays with individual decisions. Specifically, I am intrigued by how society influences black life in particular.” He goes on to explain, “For instance, I can better understand the relationship between race and criminalization and how those two concepts can be viewed through the lens of institutional discrimination.”
Jeremy chose sociology as a major because he has always been fascinated by society. He explains: “I was most interested in the many social problems that occur and I have always felt somewhat responsible for helping solve and change them.” He thinks his sociology courses have helped him “see outside of the box and see a society for what it is.”
Matthania is a sociology major with a health and society specialization. She says she chose this program of study because she is interested in “doctor-patient interaction within the health care system, healthcare expenditures, and social factors that affect aging.” She says of her major: “I think that what is so great about majoring in Sociology is that there is never a black and white understanding of what a course entails, but rather a gray area which intertwines conflicts in the society by taking a more holistic approach to the problem at hand.”