The PhD in sociology provides rigorous training in public and applied social research including skills in research design, data analysis, and substantive areas that are pertinent to many sectors in the Washington, D.C., area. Graduates have the theoretical, analytical, and professional skills that prepare them for academic positions in teaching or research.
The MA in anthropology prepares students for advanced work in sociocultural anthropology. Students learn how to use participant-observation fieldwork methods, as well as comparative and holistic knowledge and research methods. Course work progresses from core courses to more advanced courses, and culminates in a thesis or project.
The MA in sociology offers students the ability to study general sociology or emphasize in an area such as sex and gender; crime, delinquency, and corrections; race and ethnicity; and others. Students learn to apply sociological knowledge to the analysis of social processes and systems.
Highly qualified undergraduate majors in anthropology may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both a BA and an MA in anthropology following satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years.
Highly qualified undergraduate majors in sociology may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both a BA and an MA in sociology following satisfactory completion of 147 credits, sometimes within five years.
The BA in anthropology helps students acquire an understanding of human culture, language, and biology. They develop analytical skills, strong writing skills, and a thoroughly cross-cultural perspective.
The BA in sociology helps students understand the social forces that shape the world. Students learn how social movements emerge from the collective efforts of individuals. They study the role that social forces play in defining racial identities and gender roles.
A minor in anthropology enriches many majors with its holistic and cross-cultural perspective. It is is a good fit for students majoring biology, communication, English, history, psychology, sociology, and others. This minor will be useful for anyone contemplating an international career or a future profession involving culturally-diverse populations.
A minor in immigration studies provides an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the immigrant experience, ethnic identity, assimilation, ethnic exclusion and conflict, and refugee situations. This minor will prepare students to contribute to the ongoing national debate about immigration.
A minor in sociology provides a disciplined and systematic way to study issues of justice, equality, freedom, and identity. A sociology minor is considered excellent preparation for a variety of careers and an excellent foundation for law school or higher education.