Welcome to the Department of Sociology Undergraduate Program at the Catholic University of America.
The university's program in sociology provides opportunities for students to investigate critical questions about the workings of their social world - from the environments of the individual and the family, through the organization of schools, work places and churches, to the ways in which global social problems impact our societies.
The undergraduate program in sociology is designed to allow maximum flexibility in selecting an integrated program that serves the student's needs and interests. Students are encouraged to plan their programs with an adviser. Our department gives course credits, in the form of Sociology electives, for any internship that includes an educational component. For more information about internship opportunities, visit CUA Career Service. Many students combine the Sociology major with one of the many minors and certificate programs offered by the university. For more information about these programs consult the Shool of Arts and Sciences list of undergraduate minors and certificate programs.
The Department of Sociology curriculum is organized along three tracks or principal fields: (1) Crime and Justice Studies; (2) Global and Comparative Processes; and (3) Public Policy Analysis. Students not interested in any of these three concentrations can major in General Sociology by passing the core requirements and taking courses from any of the tracks to fulfill the necessary number of credits for the major.
The sociology major prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities. Several of our students go on to attend graduate school every year. A major in sociology also provides good background for careers in business, criminal justice, and in public and private agencies, organizations or industries that do social research; students interested in research and analysis would augment their program with courses in statistics, computers and advanced research methods. Internships for credit are also available to students. For more information on possible careers with a sociology degree click career options. You may also click on the alumni page to check a selective list of alumni professional accomplishments.
The Sociology major consists of 12 sociology courses, six of them specifically required. See the curriculum page at the left of this page.
To be accepted in the major, a student must have a 2.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses. Special exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.