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. Recently, as part of the Jackie Robinson Project's Educational Initiative, GW seniors Marwa Moaz and Yessenia Gonzalez accompanied Prof. Zamoff to Westchester County, NY where they visited schools and appeared on a local cable news show, "People To Be Heard." Marwa is also the President of the Jackie and Rachel Robinson 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—SOC 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in the major—SOC 2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 4195, and seven additional 2100-level sociology courses including at least two courses chosen from the 2160s or 2170s groups. It is recommended that SOC 2101 and 2102 be taken by the junior year.

Minor in Sociology—18 hours of course work are required, including SOC 1001 or 1002, and SOC 2103 or 2104, plus 12 hours of electives in sociology courses at the 2000 level, not including SOC 4192 and 4195.

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.


The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum (below)

Achievement of a minimum grade of C- in all courses that count toward the degree.

SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1002 The Sociological Imagination
SOC 2101Social Research Methods (recommended to be taken before the senior year)
SOC 2102Techniques of Data Analysis (recommended to be taken before the senior year)
SOC 2103Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 2104Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 4195Senior Research Seminar
Seven additional upper-division Sociology (SOC) courses, including at least two courses in the 2160s or 2170s.

Note: A student majoring in sociology may not declare a second major or a minor in criminal justice, or vice versa. 

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