Our bachelor’s program in sociology unravels some of the mysteries of human relationships. What causes us to behave the way we do? Where do our values come from? What fuels peer pressure? How do we develop our attitudes toward others? What affects family life? If you’ve often pondered questions like these, sociology may be the major for you.
Areas of Study
At UMW, you’ll get a strong foundation in sociological theory and research methods through the study of socialization, culture, social organization, social change, differentiation, and inequality. Courses focus on such topics as ethnic and racial relations, family, gender, medicine, occupations and professions, organizations, politics and the state, popular culture, population, religion, urban life, aging, juvenile delinquency, and criminology.
Sociology student interns often work with agencies in the Fredericksburg region, but also in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. UMW sociology and anthropology majors have completed internships at many organizations, including the following:
- Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter
- disAbility Resource Center
- Empowerhouse (against domestic assault)
- Refugee Resettlement Services of the Catholic Diocese
- Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
- Rappahannock Legal Services
- Probation and Parole District 21
- Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
- First Nations Development Institute
- The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
- The Valentine Richmond History Center
- Human Rights Campaign – LGBT equality group based in Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Census Bureau (D.C.)
- U.S. Sentencing Commission (D.C.)
Learn more about internships in sociology.
To graduate with honors in sociology, majors must have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or better and completed all honors requirements including certain upper-level classes and an honors thesis. Find the details at the Sociology Departmental Honors page.
The requirements for a degree in sociology include one introductory sociology course, three upper-level sociology courses that include research methods, history, and contemporary theory, and 18 credits of upper-level sociology courses.
One Bill Hanson Memorial Scholarship is awarded in a late professor’s honor each year to a deserving student. The award is based on merit, financial need, and commitment to peace and social justice.