Unique Undergraduate Course

Professor Richard Zamoff's course Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport, and the American Dream (SOC 2151) covers Robinson's journey and legacy as the first African American to play in major league baseball. The course chronicles how Robinson's accomplishments and struggles can help us understand past and current issues in race, sport, and U.S. society.


BA in Sociology

More information on these requirements can be found in the current GW Bulletin. See also, the Sociology Undergraduate Handbook for additional details.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—SOC1001 or SOC1002.

3. Required courses in the major—SOC2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 4197, and seven additional 100-level sociology courses including at least two courses chosen from the 160s or 170s groups. It is recommended that Soc 2101 and 2102 be taken by the junior year.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—SOC1001 or SOC1002.

3. Required courses in the major—SOC1003, 2101, 2102, 2136, 2145, 2192; PAd2117; and five courses chosen from SOC2135, 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189, 0785; Psyc2011, 2154; ForS 2103–4; PSc 2113, 2115; Anth 2150; Hist 2175; Econ 2167. Of the five courses, at least one sociology course and at least one non-sociology course must be taken; students must verify that they have met any prerequisites before registering. Soc 2101 and 2102 should be taken by the junior year.

Minor in Sociology—18 hours of course work are required, including Soc 1001, either Soc 2103 or 2104, plus 12 hours of electives in sociology courses at the 100 level, excluding Soc 4192 and 4197.

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 are required to earn a grade of C– or better in any course specifically required in the major. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D– in a required course, 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 a 100-level 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.


SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 1002 The Sociological Imagination

SOC 1003 Introduction to Criminal Justice 

SOC 2101 Social Research Methods

SOC 2102 Techniques of Data Analysis

SOC 2103 Classical Sociological Theory 

SOC 2104 Contemporary Sociological Theory 

SOC 2105 Social Problems in American Society

SOC 2111 Field Reaserch

SOC 2112 Evaluation Research

SOC 2135 Youth and Delinquency

SOC 2136 Criminology 

SOC 2145 Criminal Law

SOC 2150 Sociology of Sport

SOC 2151 Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport, and the American Dream

SOC 2161 Sociology of Complex Organizations

SOC 2162 Sociology of Family

SOC 2163 Sociology of Education

SOC 2165 Sociology of Relgion

SOC 2167 Sociology of Law

SOC 2168 Economic Sociology

SOC 2169 Urban Sociology

SOC 2170: Class and Inequality

SOC 2173: Social Movenments

SOC 2175: Sociology of Sex and Gender

SOC 2177: Sociology of the Sex Industry

SOC 2178: Deviance and Control

SOC 2179 Raceand Minority Relations

SOC 2181 Special Topics in Sociology

SOC 2184 Violence and the Family

SOC 2189 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

SOC 3195 Research

SOC 4192 Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice

SOC 4197 Advanced Seminar in Sociology (to be replaced with SOC 4195: Senior Research Seminar starting Fall 2014)

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