Binghamton University Sociology Department

Sociology major takes aim at drug addiction and criminal justice system

Sociology student Hannah Walter's research examines the relationship between drug addiction and the criminal justice system. To Hannah Walter, making a global impact is more than just thinking internationally. It starts with solving local problems first.


Sociology is the study of society. We place the study of Binghamton and our home communities in the context of regional, national, and global social forces. We illuminate how social problems of our day, such as climate change, human trafficking and incarceration, labor, feminist, LGBT, national and anti-colonial movements, relate to structures of class, gender, and race. The Department offers a BA Program, along with a fast-track BA + MA program, and separate MA and PhD programs.


Department Kudos

  • Doctoral Candidates, Roberto Ortiz and Kevin Revier both received the 2019 Graduate Student Excellence Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Doctoral Candidate, Sung Hee Ru, won the 2018 best graduate student paper award from NYS Sociological Association for his paper "Mapping transformation of nineteenth century Chinese cities within China's incorporation."