The Department of Sociology offers an A.B. in Sociology, as well as a minor in Sociology.

Major in Sociology

Students seeking to major in Sociology with a grade of C+ or better in the introductory course will normally be accepted as majors in the department. At its discretion, the department may provisionally admit a student who fails to meet this requirement, and then review its decision after the student completes the required theory (SOCI-202) and methods (SOCI-201) classes.

Students majoring in Sociology are required to take ten courses in the Department, five required courses and five electives. The required courses are Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, Social Statistics (offered only in the fall), and the Senior Seminar (offered only in the spring).

Sociological Theory and Social Statistics should be taken during the junior year. Methods of Social Research should be taken in either the spring semester of the junior year or the fall semester of the senior year. In the Methods course students write a proposal for the research that will be the basis for their senior thesis, which is completed in the Senior Seminar in the spring semester of the senior year. Majors should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about studying abroad or any unusual plans for completing the requirements.  The Department recommends that students select electives in at least two out of the five areas of specialization (listed below).

REQUIREMENTS for the a. b. in sociology

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-001)
  • Methods of Social Research (SOCI-201)
  • Sociological Theory (SOCI-202)
  • Social Statistics (SOCI-203)
  • Senior Seminar (SOCI-304)
  • 5 Sociology electives (recommended to cover several specializations)
Areas of Specialization in Sociology Electives

Values, Community, and the Individual

  • American Culture and Social Structure
  • Barack Obama and Race
  • City and Urban Studies
  • Civil Rights Struggle: Jesse Jackson
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary City
  • Criminology
  • Death and Dying
  • CBL: Global Inequalities & Social Justice
  • Introduction to Justice & Peace (if taught by a sociologist)
  • Martin Luther King and American Society
  • CBL: Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Inequality in Washington DC
  • Social Intelligence in Everyday Life
  • CBL: Social Justice Analysis: Theory and Practice
  • Social Problems

Social Inequalities

  • Gender Roles
  • New Perspectives on the Black Ghetto Poor
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Inequality

Culture and Institutions

  • Consumerism in East Asia Societies
  • Education and Society
  • Family and Society
  • Family Interaction
  • Hip Hop Culture
  • Identity and Religion
  • Law and Society
  • Medical Sociology
  • Race, Society, and Cinema
  • Religion and Politics: Global Comparative Study
  • Religion and Society
  • Sociology of Criminal Justice
  • Sociology of Hip Hop
  • Sociology of Hip Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z
  • Sport and Society

Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Brazilian Society
  • Comparative Law Enforcement
  • Family and Gender in Japan
  • Japanese Society

Social Change and Development

  • Feminist Theory (if offered via the Sociology Department)
  • Gender and Social Movements
  • Globalization and Social Networking
  • Innovation and Change
  • Modernization and Development
  • CBL: Philanthropy and Social Change
  • Political Economy of Northeast Asian Societies
  • Religion and Globalization
  • CBL: Social Entrepreneurship and Change
  • Social Movements
  • Sociology of Terrorism
  • Transnational Crime Control
  • Visual Sociology and Consumer Technology
  • CBL: Women and Development
Integrated Writing Requirement

The Department of Sociology offers a wide array of courses which fulfill the integrated writing requirement.  After taking a first Writing course, the second such course which sociology majors will take must come from among selected sociology offerings.  Our majors get to choose from among those courses we designate as Integrated Writing courses (occasionally abbreviated below as “IW”).  The most basic information you will need to know is which sociology courses will fulfill that requirement, so we list them here, and will update that list as needed:

Sociology Courses with Integrated Writing (IW) Strategies

  • 138: Identity and Religion
  • 141: Race, Color, Culture
  • 145: Family and Society
  • 150: Social Intelligence in Everyday Life
  • 160: Sociology of Sexualities
  • 178: Capitalism: Culture, Markets, Power
  • 201: Methods of Social Research
  • 202: Sociological Theory
  • 221: CBL: DC Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Inequality
  • 230: Family Interaction

Minor in Sociology

Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Sociology, either Methods of Sociological Research or Sociological Theory, plus four electives. It is recommended that the four electives be selected from at least two areas of specialization.

Requirements for the minor

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-001)
  • Methods of Sociological Research (SOCI-201) or Sociological Theory (SOCI-202)
  • 4 electives (recommended to cover at least two areas of concentration)

(For course listings for Sociology see