Undergraduate Programs & Declarations
For the student wishing to pursue undergraduate studies in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, or Human Services & Social Justice, GW provides a distinctive set of experiences, skills, and opportunities. Students receive a solid grounding in sociological theory and research methods, and receive substantive training and internship experiences that prepare them to put their new-found sociological imaginations to work. The Department offers many writing-intensive courses within the University's Writing in the Disciplines Program, as well as service learning courses facilitated by the GW Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. Students also have opportunities to pursue funding through the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. Visit our News & Events page for our department's recent award recipients.
For more information visit the following links:
Law & Society (minor only)
Handbooks for the Department Major and Minor Programs
Graduation with Special Honors in the Major
Major & Minor Declaration Processes
Sociology (SOC) or Criminal Justice (CJ):
Contact the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Daina Eglitis. Bring a Major/Minor Declaration Form with you, already completed as much as possible. The Director will sign off on your declaration form, answer any initial questions that you might have, and assign an advisor within the department. If there is a GW professor whom you would like as your advisor, let us know. If you cannot make the Director's weekly office hours (see link above), send an email to schedule an appointment.
Law & Society (LSoc) - minor only:
Contact the Director of the Law & Society minor, Professor Fran Buntman. Bring a Law & Society Minor Application & Declaration form with you, already completed as much as possible. Go to the Law & Society minor page for more information. If you cannot make the Director's weekly office hours (see link above), send an email to schedule an appointment.
Human Services & Social Justice (HSSJ, formerly HMSR):
Contact the Director of the HSSJ Program, Professor Emily Morrison. Bring a Major/Minor Declaration Form with you, already completed as much as possible. If you cannot make the Director's weekly office hours (see link above), you can email her to schedule an appointment.
Meet Our Professors: Daina Eglitis
Professor Daina Eglitis recently served as an International Scholar with the Department of Applied Sociology at Yerevan State University in Armenia. Because of the militarization of the society and the post-Soviet gap in the sex ratio at birth there, Prof. Eglitis says, "The preparation of committed and critical scholars who can turn a sociological lens on contemporary social issues in Armenia is of real importance." She writes about her experience in this recent ASA Footnotes article. Professor Eglitis has also recently published a new textbook Discover Sociology (Sage, 2013), cowritten with Professor William Chambliss.