Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Mason’s sociology degree is designed to help you understand the social forces that shape your world and who you are. 

You will learn how social movements emerge from the collective efforts of individuals. You will study the role that social forces play in defining racial identities and gender roles. You will come to realize how social inequality may shape your life and the lives of others.

Sociology takes you beyond a superficial understanding of the world. It prepares you to participate in important public debates at this time of social transformation.

You will take courses in the theories that explain social phenomena. You will develop the research skills to investigate the questions that interest you. You will learn how to conduct surveys, interviews, systematic observation, and to evaluate sources.

The research skills, critical thinking, and strong writing that you will develop as a sociology major—are highly valued by prospective employers and graduate schools.


All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation.

  • Conduct independent research with a professor through honors in the major. Read more >>
  • Choose a concentration in childhood, deviance, global issues, or inequality. Our concentrations >>
  • Develop your language and cultural knowledge by studying abroad. Read more >>
  • Gain valuable work experience through an internship. Our students have interned organizations like those listed below. Read more about internships >> 
    • American-Turkish Friendship Association and Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
    • National Organization for Women and the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights
    • National Alliance for Mental Illness

Complementary ​Minors

African and African American Studies Minor

Aging Studies Minor

Anthropology Minor

Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies Minor

Childhood Studies Minor

Consciousness and Transformation Minor

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Minor

Criminology, Law and Society Minor

Folklore and Mythology Minor

Global Affairs Minor

Health and Social Policy Minor

Human Development and Family Science Minor

Immigration Studies Minor

International/Comparative Studies Minor

Islamic Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

Middle East Studies Minor

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

Nonprofit Studies Minor

Philosophy and Law Minor

Political Philosophy Minor

Public Health Minor

Public Policy and Management Minor

Religious Studies Minor

Social Justice Minor

Social Work Minor

Sport and American Culture Minor

Statistics Minor

Sustainability Studies Minor

Urban and Suburban Studies Minor

Women and Gender Studies Minor


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