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 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 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 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 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.