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William Elenchin
Dr. William Elenchin
Associate Professor of Sociology
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Sociology Program


Sociology is the scientific study of individuals, groups, and society. The scope of this academic discipline is vast, which is why sociology has a great deal to offer, especially in our increasingly connected world in which we live.

Courses in sociology focus on the many ways in which social factors influence our lives. Some classes examine social institutions, such as family, peer, and religious institutions. Others look at the ways in which poverty and wealth are distributed across society, influencing families across generations. Still other courses explore the often subtle ways in which our culture impacts everyday lives in areas such as health, education, and even the social media we consume.

While the subject areas covered are diverse, foundational to the Sociology program at St. Bonaventure University is a belief in the basic dignity of every human being. Furthermore, the department offers to its students an orientation of self in relation to others and to basic social institutions, including the family, church and state as well as the economic, educational and governmental processes within a global framework.

What are People Doing with a B.A. in Sociology?A key strength of our sociology program is that it positions students to graduate with a degree that enables them to pursue employment along various career paths. Some of these include work in social services, as counselors, management, as teachers, and in marketing firms. Find out more about what people are doing with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.

Other graduates choose to continue their education, pursing a variety of master level and even terminal degree programs.


Students who are not sociology majors may complete one of the following minors.

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