Sociology and Anthropology

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Sociology and Anthropology at Molloy University


Are you fascinated by human behavior, cultural dynamics, or the underlying structures that shape society? If so, a degree in Sociology from Molloy University might just be your calling. Careers in this field are expected to increase by 5% in the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics. There's never been a better time to dive in.




Why Earn a Degree in Sociology?

A Sociology degree from Molloy University is far more than just an academic credential; it serves as a gateway to a wide array of professional avenues. Whether you're interested in managerial positions in corporate settings or specialized roles in governmental agencies, the career possibilities are as varied as the topics you'll explore in your courses. Our recent alumni have successfully transitioned into various sectors, such as banking, healthcare, and law.

And while the job titles are certainly appealing, the financial rewards are equally noteworthy. To put it in perspective, Market Research Analysts have a median salary of approximately $68,230, and Lawyers can expect around $163,770 as of May 2022. Beyond the financial aspects, this degree cultivates essential skills that are highly sought after in the modern workforce — creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving abilities. Moreover, the program encourages a multicultural perspective, providing you with a distinct advantage in our increasingly globalized society.

Pathways Our Program Offers

At Molloy, we understand that one size doesn't fit all. That's why our Department of Sociology & Anthropology offers a variety of minors to complement your major. Interested in the corporate world? Pair your Sociology major with the Business and Diversity & Inclusion Studies minor. Intrigued by criminal behavior? How about a combination of Criminology and Sociology?

The possibilities are endless, and they're all designed to set you on a specific career trajectory that aligns with your interests. Each of these minors offers a unique lens through which to view and understand the complexities of society, and they're all designed to be seamlessly integrated with your main field of study. Let’s take a look at the minors our Sociology program offers:

  • Diversity & Inclusion Studies

    Diversity & Inclusion Studies delves into the complexities of societal structures, focusing on issues like race, gender, and social class. At Molloy, this 15-credit minor is interdisciplinary and designed to deepen your understanding of diversity, inclusion, power, and privilege. It's a perfect complement to any major that involves working with diverse populations, and it's open to students from all disciplines.

  • Applied Sociological Research

    Applied Sociological Research is all about using data and methodology to understand social phenomena. Molloy's minor in this field equips you for future research careers, providing you with the tools to conduct meaningful studies. This minor is particularly beneficial if you're looking to delve into research roles post-graduation.

  • Anthropology

    Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human societies, both past and present. If you're intrigued by human origins or global communities, Molloy's Anthropology minor is your gateway to a deeper understanding. This minor helps you navigate our interconnected world and sharpens your critical thinking and communication skills. It's designed to give you the confidence to work either individually or as part of a team.

  • Sociology

    Sociology, the study of human behavior within society, is also available as a minor at Molloy. This minor is a natural extension of the major, offering additional depth in understanding social structures and behaviors. Students from other majors are welcome to declare Sociology as a minor, making it a versatile choice for those interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to their education.

What will you be studying?

Click here to take a look at the available courses you will be able to take as part of your degree in Sociology.

Planning to Take a Pre-Med Route?

If medical school is on your radar, a Sociology degree from Molloy University can be a game-changer. You might be surprised to learn that a significant percentage — 30%, to be exact — of Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) questions focus on social sciences. It's a clear indicator of how vital understanding societal factors is in the medical field.

Courses tailored for pre-med students, such as "Introduction to Sociology" and "Sociology of Health and Illness," provide insights that can give you a competitive edge when tackling the MCAT.

But the relevance goes beyond test prep. Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of health can make you a more empathetic and effective healthcare provider. For instance, knowing the societal barriers to nutritious food access can inform your approach to patient counseling on nutrition.

Key benefits of Sociology for pre-med students

  • Enhanced MCAT Preparedness.
  • Deeper understanding of socio-cultural health factors.
  • Development of empathy and communication skills.

So, if you're planning to walk the halls of a medical school someday, consider how a Sociology degree can enrich your journey, both academically and professionally.


The Sociology department has several scholarship opportunities for students who meet the criteria.


  • Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo Sociology Scholarship

    Joan Reidy Merlo Scholarship should be a continuing Molloy University Junior majoring in Sociology who has demonstrated a commitment to Molloy College and disposition toward social community and is in need of financial assistance. Students must possess a 3.0 average and submit a written essay application.


    In 2023, this scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who meet the following criteria

    • Major: Sociology Undergraduate Program
    • Junior Status
    • GPA: Overall minimum GPA 3.0
    • Must have demonstrated a commitment to Molloy University and a disposition toward social community
    • Financial Need Based
    • Faculty recommendation
    • Essay required (No longer than 250 words)
      • TOPIC: Recommended by Dean of Division or Faculty
    • Funds will be administered through the Department of Sociology and Financial Aid Office.
    • Scholarships shall be awarded without regard to sex, race, age, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or handicap


    Essay should be addressed to     Jeanne Kimpel -

    All requests and Essays should be received no later than February 1, 2024

  • Dr. Meritta B. Cullinan Scholarship

    The scholarship is available to either a transfer student who declares Sociology as their major, or a currently enrolled Molloy student Sophomore who declares a Sociology major. The student must have a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Financial Need. GPA 3.0 Essay Required. Faculty Recommendation.Donations will be accepted to honor the memory of our colleague

    Meritta has truly been one of the original "pillars" of Molloy University, having taught here for 49 of the university’s existence.  She was an outstanding professor, true scholar, respected colleague, dear friend, and avid Yankees fan. She has served as Chairperson of the Sociology Department multiple times, Faculty President twice, and was twice the recipient of both the Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Service to Teaching Faculty and the Senior Class Recognition Award. She has also received the President's Medal, the Distinguished Service Award, the Sears-Roebuck Foundation's Teaching Excellence Award, and the Campus Leadership Award.

    Molloy University owes a great debt to Meritta for all her contributions over the years and her imprint on the University will be felt for many years to come. She will be greatly missed.

    Meritta is perhaps best known for her tireless work on behalf of the faculty as a long-time member of the AAUP Executive Committee, Contract Committee, and Faculty Council.  In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of the Molloy Governance Structure. She helped to write the original Faculty Handbook, and served as its staunchest guardian, having committed it to memory and was known to be able to cite it chapter and verse.  She was also known for her research expertise, having co-authored journals articles, presented scholarly papers, and served as co-director of the Community Research Institute, which has provided research services to the surrounding community and to the Molloy faculty.

    Spring Semester - this scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Sociology



    Dr. Meritta B. Cullinan Endowed Scholarship:

    • Major: Sociology Undergraduate Program or Transfer Student who declare Sociology as their major
    • Sophomore Status
    • GPA: Overall minimum GPA 3.0
    • Must have demonstrated a commitment to Molloy University and a disposition toward social justice
    • Financial Need Based
    • Faculty recommendation
    • Essay required (No longer than 250 words)
      • TOPIC: Choose a specific social justice topic, explain why you are interested in it, and how you have addressed it in your life or within your community
    • Funds will be administered through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and distributed through the Financial Aid Office.

    Essay should be addressed to     Jeanne Kimpel -

    All requests and Essays should be received no later than February 2, 2024

    Scholarships shall be awarded without regard to sex, race, age, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or handicap

  • Edvidge And Rinaldo Zona Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to a senior Sociology major with the highest cumulative index. Recipient is selected by the Sociology Department.

  • Carmela And Sam Romano Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to a senior Sociology major with the second highest cumulative index. If more than one individual qualifies, preference will be given to the student involved in the most extracurricular sociology-related activities. Recipient is selected by the Sociology Department.

    For scholarship application and criteria details contact jkimpel@

  • Clare Mazzei '68 Scholarship for Incoming Majors

    Through the generosity of Clare Mazzei ’68, two $2,500 scholarships are available for incoming sociology students who are committed to community service, experience demonstrated financial need, and other needs that may challenge their enrollment.

    Students interested in applying must submit their name, contact information, and a 150-word essay explaining why they would like to attend Molloy and the impact receiving a scholarship would make financially, and in their personal life. 

     Please submit to Dr. Jeanne Kimpel ( no later than March 29, 2024 to be considered. 


How to Apply

Ready to take the plunge? Applying to Molloy is a breeze. You can either use our dedicated Molloy Portal or go through the Common App. Either way, you'll find the process straightforward and user-friendly.

Start your application here.

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You can also apply to Molloy University using the Common App by clicking here.

Transfer students, we've got you covered too. Our program is designed to be inclusive, offering transfer guidelines, articulation agreements, and even funding opportunities to make your transition as smooth as possible.

So, what are you waiting for? A world of opportunities is just a click away. Make the smart choice: Choose Sociology at Molloy University.


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Student Resources

  • Dr Joan Reidy Merlo Community Research Institute

    The institute, which was established in 1987, produces low cost, high quality research to benefit the community. It provides research opportunities for faculty and students, while enhancing community knowledge. Through CRI, students can develop data entry, statistical analysis, table construction and report preparation skills.

    Benefits to Molloy University the CRI has provided include:

    • A new revenue source
    • Faculty development
    • Increased visibility in the community
    • A means to attract students interested in developing marketable skills

    Benefits to faculty include:

    • Professional development
    • Basis for professional articles
    • Development of new skills and resources as a response to teacher burnout
    • Source of extra income

    Benefits to students include:

    • Development of marketable skills and experience
    • Career development
    • Academic challenges
    • Source of extra income

    Benefits to the community include:

    • Expanded frontiers of community knowledge
    • Low cost, high-quality research
    • Information necessary for government, social and commercial planning

    The services of the Community Research Institute are available to all members of the Molloy community, if you:

    • Need access to computers and/or software for data entering and statistical analysis
    • Need help in statistical analysis and/or report preparation
    • Need support with data input
    • Need advice in project planning
    • Need assistance with table construction
    • Want to explore ideas for a research project
    • Need space to work on your research project

  • Internships

    The Department of Sociology partners with the Office of Experiential Learning to help find students internships that provide valuable real world experience. 

  • International Sociology Honor Society

    Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociology Honor Society  

    Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society. AKD was founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1967. AKD is also affiliated with the American Sociological Association (ASA).

    Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

    The Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, is open to Junior and Senior Sociology majors and minors who have completed at least 12 credits in Sociology, and who have maintained a minimum cumulative index of 3.3, and an average index of 3.00 in all sociology courses taken. Application for membership may be made through the Sociology Department. Please discuss with your advisor, or email Dr. Kimpel :



  • Sociology Club

    The Sociology club is available to all students of Molloy. The goal is provide opportunities for students to engage with our local communities to promote social justice through voluntary civic engagement efforts. For more information email Jeanne Kimpel at

Our Faculty

  • Jeanne Kimpel, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor


    Dr. Jeanne Kimpel is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Kimpel earned a B.A. degree in Sociology from Molloy, and earned both her M.A. and PhD in Sociology from Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kimpel has experience teaching Social Inequality, Race & Ethnic Relations, Basics and Advanced Social & Behavioral Research Methods, Sociology of Health & Illness and Social Psychology. She has completed research on the ways in which social networks facilitate and perpetuate residential segregation. She is a co-author of two Peer-Reviewed articles entitled: "Differences in Male and Female Nurses' Responses to Physical Assault by Psychiatric Patients: A Supplemental Finding of a Mixed Methods Study" and "Location of Power within Psychiatry: A Fifty-Year Journey as Represented in Film".  She was the Principal Investigator of a mixed-method study which examined the impact of community revitalization in a Long Island community. Dr. Kimpel is co-director of the Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo Community Research Institute, where her recent work has included evaluating a grant to serve the needs of at-risk youth in Uniondale. She is currently working on a research study within the Northwell Health System, in an effort to decrease violence in acute care psychiatry. Her teaching and research interests include Racial and Gender Inequality, Residential Segregation and Housing, Social Justice Issues, and Health Disparities.

  • Michael Rosino, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor


    Michael L. Rosino is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Molloy University. His research and teaching focus on racial politics, media, social movements, crime, law and deviance, and human rights. His work emphasizes social change, policy, and community and civic engagement. He holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in Sociology from University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in Sociology from University of Connecticut. He has published widely on the connections between racial oppression, struggles for racial equality, political conflicts, debates over public policy, and everyday social life. His first book, Debating the Drug War: Race, Politics, and the Media, was published in 2021 with Routledge Press. The book analyzes the role of racial politics and mass media in debates over drug policy in the United States and their implications for communities and policy reform efforts. His current research examines how activists within progressive grassroots political organizations engage with racial and political inequality through their identities, habits, and political strategies. He is also working on several ongoing collaborative projects that examine how racial justice intersects with topics including democracy, morality, and peace.  He routinely teaches courses such as Introductory Sociology, Foundational and Contemporary Social Theory, Social Problems, Social Inequality, Cities and Suburbs, and Race and Ethnicity. Selected Publications:Rosino, Michael L. 2021. Debating the Drug War: Race, Politics, and the Media. Routledge Press. Rosino, Michael L. 2018. "'A Problem of Humanity': The Human Rights Framework and the Struggle for Racial Justice." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(3):338-352. Rosino, Michael L. and Matthew W. Hughey. 2017. "Speaking through Silence: Racial Discourse and Identity Construction in Mass Mediated Debates on the 'War on Drugs'." Social Currents 4(3):246-264. Rosino, Michael L. 2017. "Dramaturgical Domination: The Genesis and Evolution of the Racialized Interaction Order." Humanity & Society 41(2):158-181. Rosino, Michael L. 2016. "Boundaries and Barriers: Racialized Dynamics of Political Power." Sociology Compass 10(10):939-951.   

  • Rebeca Herrero Sáenz, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor


    Rebeca Herrero Sáenz is a newly hired Assistant Professor of Sociology at Molloy University. Born and raised in Madrid (Spain), she holds a licenciatura (BA) in Sociology from Complutense University of Madrid. She also holds an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and a PhD in Sociology from the University at Albany (SUNY). Dr. Herrero Sáenz’s research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between culture, medicine, media, and social solidarity. Her more recent research examines the coverage of organ donation and transplantation in the Spanish press and its implications for Spanish nationalism and national identity. Her work on this topic has appeared in the academic journal Poetics and in the peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project Nursing Clio.

  • Anthony Cantiello

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    B.A., M.A. City College of CUNY

    Professor Anthony Cantiello came to Molloy in 2007 after several years of teaching experience. His love for teaching sociology is apparent since he is currently teaching at three other Long Island colleges:  Farmingdale State College, St. Joseph's College and Suffolk Community College. He comes from a working class family and is the only one in his family who has attended college. He earned both his Bachelor's degree in sociology, and his Master's degree in sociology from the City College of New York, while working full-time as a New York City taxi driver. He continued for his doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, however, while registered for his last three courses, he was forced to withdraw from the program for personal reasons. For practical reasons, he then became a police officer and remained in that occupation for twenty-three years.  He continued to "think sociologically" however and realized his education had assisted him in numerous types of situation. As a result, his main goal became assisting students in understanding the relevance of sociology in their everyday lives. In 2009, he was finally able to complete his doctorate. Cantiello's main areas of interests are Crime and Deviance, Social Problems, Work and Family. While he has taught Introductory Sociology, Criminology, and Sociology of the Family at Molloy, he teaches online courses at St. Joseph's College and has created new upper level courses at Farmingdale State, such as America-Dream and Reality and The Sociology of Environmental Disasters. 

  • John Alberda

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Professor Alberda graduated from Molloy with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and his Master's Degree in Sociology and Applied Social Research from Queens College.  He received an award for academic excellence graduating top of his class at Queens College.  John has been teaching at Molloy University for 7 years and a few different classes that include: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology and the Family, Media & Society, and Aging in Society.  Also, he has 8 years' experience in digital analytics/insights where he currently manages customer experience and web analytics research at Publishers Clearinghouse. John A. Eterno, Ph.D. John A. Eterno, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Several of his classes are cross-listed with the sociology department and can be taken as a criminal justice class or a sociology class including "Deviant Behavior and Social Control" and "Law and Society." He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany (SUNY). He is also a retired Captain from the New York City Police Department. His research interests include legal aspects of policing, gender and law enforcement, violence and aggression and international perspectives of law enforcement. His book entitled Policing within the Law: A Case Study of the New York City Police Department was published in 2003. His other recent publications are in peer-reviewed journals including Police Practice and Research, Justice Research and Policy and Policing.

  • Sonia Singh

    Adjunct Instructor


    Sonia Darshini Singh is a first-generation, dual degree holder from St. John's University. She teaches Sociology and has a particular interest in the Sociology of Gender, which she is thrilled to teach here at Molloy University. She is an advocate for equity and inclusion in and out of the classroom and is a firm believer in education as a right, not a privilege. She aims to cultivate better educational opportunities including access to education, scholarships, and resources for students from all backgrounds. 

  • Sarah Donaldson

    Sarah Donaldson, B.S., Molloy University; M.A. St. John's University

    Adjunct Instructor

    Sarah Donaldson graduated from Molloy with a Bachelor's of Earth and Environmental Science, with a minor in Sociology. This minor then received major attention as they completed a Master's Degree in Sociology from St. John's University. They are very happy to be teaching Sociology at Molloy, where they were first introduced to the topic, and often carry their undergraduate notes to classes they now teach.  Sarah is most interested in Environmental Sociology and Sociology of Education, where understanding, teaching about, and broadening access to education at all levels, and access to the environment, in all of its many forms, are at the core of their work.