Students acquire knowledge about human social structure and activity through GW’s sociology program, one of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduates can take a range of courses, from deviant behavior to sociology of sport. By living in a city that offers a rich social laboratory, students receive real-life experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and developing skills in sociological observation and analysis.

Note: A student majoring in sociology may not declare a second major or a minor in criminal justice, or vice versa. Students in all three departmental majors and minors are required to earn a grade of C− or better in all courses in the major or minor. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D−, the student may either:

  1. repeat the course, in which case the grade in the repeated course must be no lower than a C−, and grades for both the original and repeated courses will appear on the student’s transcript; or
  2. take an upper-division course in the same department, in addition to the minimum number of courses required for the major, and receive a grade no lower than C−.

Option 1 must be approved by the department chair in writing before the student may register for a course a second time.

University Professor A. Etzioni

Professors P.H.M. Lengermann (Research), S.A. Tuch, R. Weitzer, R.J. Cottrol, G.D. Squires (Chair), R. Whitaker, D. Guthrie

Associate Professors C. Deitch, I. Ken, D.S. Eglitis

Assistant Professors F. Buntman, H. Ishizawa, A. Jones, M. Kelso, D. Martinez, E. Morrison, V. Rankin (Research)

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office