Effective August 28, 2013, the undergraduate and graduate programs in sociology — formerly offerings of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs — will be administered by the College of Humanities and Sciences. Current students will continue to be advised by the Wilder School through the fall semester of 2013. For more on transition related services, read our undergraduate FAQs and graduate FAQs.

Sociology is the scientific study of humankind’s most important creation — the social group. Everything that we do is either directly or indirectly influenced by groups. All of our greatest achievements, good and bad, are products of human groups. Even the most solitary artist or writer would be utterly devoid of creativity without a social context in which to nurture individual genius or without an audience from which to draw critical evaluation. Indeed, there is very little in our life that occurs outside the group context. This is what sociology is all about — the systematic, scientific study of human groups.

The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology plus a certificate program in Applied Social Research. Students can also pursue an accelerated B.S./M.S. track. The program focuses on sociological theory, social research methods and dimensions of social stratification from both academic and applied sociological perspectives.

Faculty includes professors with joint appointments in gender, sexuality and women’s studies, African-American studies, and religious studies. Their knowledge spans a broad spectrum of expertise in social theory, research methods, race and ethnicity, gender, family, sexuality, and sexual and domestic violence.

Graduates of the program have gone on to professional degree programs in medicine, law and business, while others have pursued graduate studies in sociology, political science and education. In addition to finding employment in the private sector in fields like advertising and human resource management, alumni have also been hired by state and federal agencies to work as analysts and administrators.



For further information, please contact:
Jennifer A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Sociology Programs
Phone: (804) 828-6826