Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

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.

Opportunities

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 http://aaas.gmu.edu/

Aging Studies Minor http://chhs.gmu.edu/socialwork/

Anthropology Minor http://soan.gmu.edu/

Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies Minor http://chss.gmu.edu/programs/la-minor-la-aps

Childhood Studies Minor http://ncc.gmu.edu/

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Minor http://scar.gmu.edu/

Criminology, Law and Society Minor http://cls.gmu.edu/

Global Affairs Minor http://globalaffairs.gmu.edu/

Health and Social Policy Minor http://chhs.gmu.edu/hap/

Human Development and Family Science Minor http://cehd.gmu.edu/

Immigration Studies Minor http://immigrationstudies.gmu.edu/

International/Comparative Studies Minor http://spgia.gmu.edu/

Islamic Studies Minor http://islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/

Latin American Studies Minor http://las.gmu.edu/

Middle East Studies Minor http://middleeast.gmu.edu/

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor http://english.gmu.edu/

Philosophy and Law Minor http://philosophy.gmu.edu/

Religious Studies Minor http://religious.gmu.edu/

Social Justice Minor http://ncc.gmu.edu/

Social Work Minor http://chhs.gmu.edu/socialwork/

Statistics Minor http://statistics.gmu.edu/

Urban and Suburban Studies Minor http://chss.gmu.edu/

Women and Gender Studies Minor http://wmst.gmu.edu/

Maybes?            

Public Health Minor http://chhs.gmu.edu/gch/

Political Philosophy Minor http://chss.gmu.edu/

Nonprofit Studies Minor http://ncc.gmu.edu/

Folklore and Mythology Minor folklore.gmu.edu

Consciousness and Transformation Minor http://ncc.gmu.edu/

Public Policy and Management Minor http://spgia.gmu.edu/

Sport and American Culture Minor http://rht.gmu.edu/

Sustainability Studies Minor http://esp.gmu.edu/

 

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