Degrees and Certificates


PhD in Sociology

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 following video provides background on the program and its applicability to the health sciences as well as other applied fields.

MA in Anthropology

Students in the master's degree program in anthropology may focus on sociocultural anthropology or bioarchaeology. Coursework progresses from core courses in theory and methods to more advanced specialized courses, and culminates in a thesis or project.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.

MA in Sociology

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.


Accelerated MA in Anthropology

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.

Accelerated MA in Sociology

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.


BA in Anthropology

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.

BA in Sociology

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.

Minor in Immigration Studies

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.

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in anthropology enriches many majors with its holistic and cross-cultural perspective. It is is a good fit for students majoring in 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.

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology lets you explore an enormous range of fascinating topics. A sociology minor is considered excellent preparation for a variety of careers and an excellent foundation for law school or higher education.