Program Description

Sociology is the systematic study of today’s most pressing issues: social justice and inequality and the tension between individual freedom and institutional social control.  Sociologists explore how individuals create and re-create a self within the context of their culture and history.  Sociology also traces the emergence and persistence of social movements driven by groups seeking to transform society.  Sociology courses offer opportunities to look broadly at the ways race, ethnicity, gender and social class affect our own lives and the lives of others and sociology students gain the knowledge to become agents of social change. Mason’s Sociology program emphasizes sociology, where theory and research moves out of the classroom into the world and provides concrete solutions to urgent social problems.

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Program Summary

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Program: Sociology

Degree: Undergraduate

College/School: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Credits: 120 total

Who should apply?

Sociology welcomes students who are curious and seeking ways to be engaged in the world. Coursework, experiential learning, and independent undergraduate research opportunities allow you to broaden your knowledge and encourage both intellectual and personal growth.  The application of sociological understanding helps you understand social phenomena and develop research skills that apply to many career paths. Sociology majors learn and apply research methods ranging from quantitative to qualitative as they systematically study society.  Coupled with critical thinking and writing, these skills are in demand by prospective employers and graduate schools, including professional careers in health care and law school.

Why choose George Mason?

All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, and career preparation.

There are 34 credits of Sociology core courses and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to focus 12 credits of their elective courses one of the following concentrations: Childhood & Youth, Deviance, Crime, & Social Control, Global Sociology, or Inequality & Social Change.

A minimum of 24 credits must be upper-level courses (300-level or above). No more than six (6) credits of unsatisfactory grades (C- or D) may be applied toward the degree. Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120 with 45 of these credits at the 300/400 level.

See the catalog for additional College course requirements, including foreign language proficiency: Intermediate level in a single language reached by completing a course in a foreign language numbered 202 (or higher); or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test.

For a sample four year plan of study and degree planning worksheet for Sociology, look here

Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Additionally, your current employer may provide tuition reimbursement opportunities for graduate studies.

The research skills, critical thinking, and strong writing that you develop as a Sociology major are highly valued by prospective employers and Sociology graduates find employment success in a variety of fields:


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Mason’s Sociology graduates have found rewarding jobs in the pubic and private sector, at agencies and organization including the following:


Census Bureau

Centerville Immigration Forum

Fairfax County Dept. of Family Services

Institute for Defense Analysis

Judicial Services Company

Worldwide Counter Threat Solutions

Rand Research

Pennsylvania Stands Up

Insight Policy Research

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility





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