Academic & Professional Resources

The Sociology Department offers resources to help students declare a major or minor, find an internship, join a professional association or get the academic support they need to make the undergraduate experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

How to Declare a Major or Minor

Sociology or Criminal Justice Major or Minor
  1. Download and complete the relevant portions of the Declaration of Major/Minor Form.
  2. Bring it to the Sociology Department director of undergraduate studies (DUS) during office hours to be completed and signed. The DUS will sign the form and assign you an advisor from the department. You can request a specific advisor at that time.
  3. Submit the signed declaration form to the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Law and Society Minor

Law and Society is a selective minor, meaning that students cannot declare it simply by completing a Declaration of Major/Minor Form. Minimum requirements for acceptance include a GPA of 3.3 and completion of at least 30 credit hours at GW. Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the minor.

To apply to the minor:

  1. Download and complete the relevant portions of the Declaration of Major/Minor Form and the Law and Society Minor Application Form (PDF).
  2. Bring it to the director of the Law and Society Minor during office hours to be completed and signed.
  3. Submit the signed declaration form to the Undergraduate Advising Office.

Visit the Human Services and Social Justice Program website for details on the HSSJ major and minor. 

Departmental Grading Policy

Students in all three departmental majors are required to earn a grade of C− or better in any course required for the major. If a student receives a grade of D+, D or D− in a required course, the student may either:

  • 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
  • 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−.

Note: Repeating a course must be approved by the department chair in writing before the student may register for a course a second time.


All students majoring in criminal justice must complete a required internship. Only criminal justice majors may enroll in SOC 4193: Internship Credit, but students in other majors and minors may also use this list for independent internship suggestions.

Criminal Justice Internship Sites

Students are not required to choose an internship site from this list, but most do.

*Recommended by past GW student interns.

U.S. Federal Departments
Law Enforcement
Research and Associations
Other Groups

American Sociological Association

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is dedicated to encouraging sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. The GW Department of Sociology encourages undergraduates to join the ASA as student members. The ASA offers a variety of printed resources on opportunities for students, as well as information on grants and fellowships, conferences, publishing venues and employment.

Academic Resources

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases.

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.