Sociology involves the systematic study of social structures, cultural patterns, and human relationships. It combines rigorous methods with theory and observation, yielding insights that challenge commonly held assumptions about the social world. Sociology also informs the practice of social and public service, aiding efforts to address important social problems. Sociology majors pursue a varied set of career paths, ranging from teaching, human service and human resource occupations, to positions in the criminal justice system, marketing, and social research. The major is excellent preparation for students considering law school or graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences.
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Highly qualified students majoring in sociology may apply to graduate with honors in the major. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 75 credits, taken ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) for the social sciences, completed 21 credits of sociology, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and a minimum grade of B+ in sociology courses. Applicants must have completed SOCI 303 Methods and Logic of Inquiry and SOCI 311 Classical Sociological Theory with a minimum grade of B in each.
If accepted, to graduate with honors in sociology, students must complete SOCI 480 Honors Seminar in Sociology I and SOCI 481 RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II with a minimum grade of B+ in each of these courses and have an overall GPA of 3.50 in sociology courses presented for graduation. SOCI 481 RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II includes completion of an honors thesis, which will be presented at a sociology colloquium.
Students pursuing this concentration must complete 12 credits.
Total credits: minimum 120
Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.
The introductory course must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.
|SOCI 101||Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)||3|
Each of these courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.
|SOCI 303||Methods and Logic of Inquiry||3|
|SOCI 311||Classical Sociological Theory||3|
|SOCI 313||Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)||4|
|SOCI 412||Contemporary Sociological Theory||3|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|RS: Sociological Analysis and Practice (Mason Core)|
|Internship in Sociology I|
|RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II|
|Select 15 credits in SOCI at the 100 to 400 level 1||15|
|Globalization and Society (Mason Core)|
|Introduction to Race and Ethnicity|
|Gender and Society|
SOCI 101 Introductory Sociology (Mason Core) does not count toward this requirement. A maximum of 6 credits of SOCI 120 Globalization and Society (Mason Core), SOCI 208 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity, and SOCI 215 Gender and Society can be counted toward the major.
Students are strongly encouraged to focus four of their elective courses (12 credits) in one of the concentrations which follow, chosen to suit their interests and career objectives. Students who choose a concentration will complete one remaining elective.
Students can focus 12 of their 15 elective credits to complete the following 12-credit concentration.
Students who graduate with honors in sociology may apply 3 credits of honors coursework to their selected concentration where appropriate and with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.
The focus is on inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, and on the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in a society. The emphasis is on understanding the rise of the struggle for human rights, democracy, and various social movements that have sought to reverse these inequalities through protests, demonstrations, counterorganizations, and the ballot. This concentration is appropriate for students who seek careers in social justice organizations, social services, or teaching, and those who wish to participate in social and political movements.
|SOCI 355||Social Inequality (Mason Core)||3|
|Select three from the following:||9|
|Social Movements and Political Protest|
|Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World|
|Sociology of Deviance|
|Contemporary Gender Relations|
|Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)|
|US Immigrants and Immigration|
|The Urban World (Mason Core)|
|Power, Politics, and Society|
|Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)|
|Youth Culture and Society|
|Education in Contemporary Society|
|Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability|
|Special Topics in Sociology 1|
Depending on topic.
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in sociology may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing SOCI 412 Contemporary Sociological Theory.
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.
Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.
In addition to the Mason Core program, students pursuing a BA degree must complete the coursework below. Except where expressly prohibited, a course used to fulfill a college level requirement may also be used simultaneously to satisfy other requirements (Mason Core requirements or requirements for the major).
|Select 3 credits from the following:||3|
Note that the following courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement:
|Select 3 credits of social and behavioral sciences from the following (additional to the Mason Core social and behavioral sciences requirement) 1||3|
|Or choose from the following GGS courses:|
|Major World Regions (Mason Core)|
|Human Geography (Mason Core)|
|Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies|
|Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)|
|Population Geography (Mason Core)|
|Geography of the United States|
|Geography of Latin America|
|Geography of Europe|
|Geography of North Africa and the Middle East|
|Geography of the Soviet Succession States|
|Geography of Virginia|
The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and Mason Core requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
|Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language, fulfilled by: 1|
Or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test
Or completing the following ASL three course sequence:
|American Sign Language (ASL) I|
|American Sign Language (ASL) II|
|American Sign Language (ASL) III|
Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Select 3 credits of an approved course in the study of a non-Western culture (additional to the Mason Core requirement in global understanding)
|Select 3 credits (additional to Mason Core Global Understanding requirement) 1|
|ANTH 114||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 301||Native North Americans||3|
|ANTH 302||Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 303||Peoples and Cultures of the Andes||3|
|ANTH 306||Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 307||Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 308||Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 309||Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 313||Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 316||Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 323||Digging and Dealing in the Dead: Ethics in Archaeology||3|
|ANTH 330||Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western||3|
|ANTH 332||Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)||3|
|ANTH 381||Medical Anthropology||3|
|ANTH 383||Cities of the Global South||3|
|ANTH 396||Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)||3|
|ARAB 360||Topics in Arabic Cultural Production||3|
|ARAB 420||Survey of Arabic Literature||3|
|ARAB 440||Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 203||Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 204||Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 206||Survey of African Art (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 318||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt||3|
|ARTH 319||Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 320||Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 382||Arts of India (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 383||Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 384||Arts of China (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 385||Arts of Japan (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 386||The Silk Road (Mason Core)||3|
|ARTH 482||RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art||3|
|CHIN 318||Introduction to Classical Chinese (Mason Core)||3|
|CHIN 320||Contemporary Chinese Film||3|
|CHIN 325||Major Chinese Writers (Mason Core)||3|
|DANC 118||World Dance (Mason Core)||3|
|ECON 361||Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)||3|
|ECON 362||African Economic Development (Mason Core)||3|
|FREN 451||Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture||3|
|FREN 454||Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture||3|
|GGS 101||Major World Regions (Mason Core)||3|
|GGS 316||Geography of Latin America||3|
|GGS 325||Geography of North Africa and the Middle East||3|
|GGS 330||Geography of the Soviet Succession States||3|
|GGS 399||Select Topics in GGS||3|
|GOVT 328||Global Political Theory||3|
|GOVT 332||Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa||3|
|GOVT 333||Government and Politics of Asia||3|
|GOVT 338||Government and Politics of Russia||3|
|GOVT 340||Central Asian Politics||3|
|GOVT 341||Chinese Foreign Policy||3|
|GOVT 345||Islam and Politics||3|
|GOVT 433||Political Economy of East Asia||3|
|HIST 251||Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 252||Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 261||Survey of African History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 262||Survey of African History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 271||Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 272||Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 281||Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 282||Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 327||The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II||3|
|HIST 328||Rise of Russia (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 329||Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 353||History of Traditional China||3|
|HIST 354||Modern China||3|
|HIST 356||Modern Japan (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 357||Postwar Japan (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 358||Post-1949 China (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 360||History of South Africa (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 364||Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 365||Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 366||Comparative Slavery||3|
|HIST 367||History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America||3|
|HIST 387||Topics in Global History (Mason Core)||3-6|
|HIST 426||The Russian Revolution||3|
|HIST 460||Modern Iran (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 461||Arab-Israeli Conflict||3|
|HIST 462||Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)||3|
|HIST 465||The Middle East in the 20th Century||3|
|JAPA 310||Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)||3|
|JAPA 340||Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)||3|
|KORE 320||Korean Popular Culture in a Global World||3|
|MUSI 103||Musics of the World (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 211||Religions of the West (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 212||Religions of Asia (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 240||Death and the Afterlife in World Religions||3|
|RELI 313||Hinduism (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 314||Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions||3|
|RELI 315||Buddhism (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 337||Mysticism: East and West||3|
|RELI 365||Muhammad: Life and Legacy||3|
|RELI 374||Islamic Thought (Mason Core)||3|
|RELI 375||Qur'an and Hadith||3|
|RELI 379||Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics||3|
|RELI 387||Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights||3|
|RELI 490||Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)||3|
|RUSS 353||Russian Civilization (Mason Core)||3|
|RUSS 354||Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core)||3|
A course used to fulfill the Mason Core global understanding requirement may not be simultaneously used to satisfy this college-level requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill any other requirements (Mason Core requirements, college-level requirements, or requirements for the major). Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.
|Written Communication (ENGH 101)||3|
|Information Technology and Computing||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Western Civilization/World History||3|
|Written Communications (ENGH 302)||3|
Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.
Minimum 3 credits required.
Students who graduate with honors in sociology may apply 3 credits of honors course work (SOCI 480, 281, or 482) to their selected concentration where appropriate and with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.