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Sociology / Anthropology: The UDC Edge

As a land-grant institution, UDC’s mission of service to the District of Columbia community infuses all aspects of campus life. Students frequently collaborate with community groups on topics ranging from homelessness to religion to the theatre.

In addition, the multicultural perspective of our student body—who come from places like Russia and Borneo, as well as right here in the District—as well as their diverse academic backgrounds foster an approach of thinking beyond one’s own experiences.

Bachelor's Degree (BA) in Sociology / Anthropology

(Program Terminated and in Teach Out)


What does our life and our life's work mean in the context of society? How do we and our community fit into the bigger, global picture?

At the University of the District of Columbia, our sociology bachelor's degree program seeks to answer these questions. We provide a theoretical and analytical framework through which to better understand the issues that are relevant today and will become relevant tomorrow, with an emphasis on serving the needs of a diverse urban population.

By studying the cultures, institutions and interactions within families, neighborhoods, and organizations, you will gain insight into local, national , and global issues. We analyze social units ranging in size from small groups to global systems in order to understand policy issues and social processes through a sociological lens.


This program is not accepting new applications. The program was discontinued, effective March 27, 2014, as a result of a resolution of the UDC Board of Trustees.  Students currently matriculating as majors will be able to complete their degree program provided they remain continuously enrolled throughout the teach-out period.   A teach-out program for this discontinued major is available for currently enrolled students. 

The Sociology program seeks to empower students through a rigorous academic curriculum that provides a comparative analysis of cultures, institutions, and social interaction.  They acquire knowledge of social processes and policy issues while studying social units from small groups to global systems. Students acquire an understanding of social interactions and institutions, leading to increased self-awareness and understanding of others.  They are trained to conduct research and are provided  experiential opportunities through field placement in the community.

The Sociology program offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.  It prepares major for graduate training in Sociology and related disciplines as well as for careers in a variety of professions.  By facilitating the educational development of students, the Sociology program seeks to promote the welfare of the residents of the District of Columbia in accordance with the University’s mission as an urban land grant institution of higher education.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Sociology / Anthropology Program

Total Credit Hours of College-Level Courses Required for Graduation: 120
Required Courses for the Political Science Program:   33

Courses focus on aspects of society such as:

  • Belief systems
  • Socialization practices
  • The family
  • Bureaucratic organizations
  • Social control
  • Social movements and social change

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Sociology Program

Sociology students enjoy a close-knit camaraderie that spans their diverse range of interests. In addition to on-campus activities, you also have the opportunity to perform research and fieldwork in the community on topics such as homelessness, infant mortality, urban ethnography and seatbelt usage.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Sociology Program

Program director Dr. Leslie Richards has worked on the National Institutes of Health D.C. infant mortality Initiative and served as a fellow at the National Institute of Disease Rehabilitation in New York City. 

Career Pathways and Prospects

Sociology sits at the hub of the social sciences, giving students the theoretical foundation to pursue a wide array of

careers, including public health, social work, communications, education or the arts. Previous graduates have gone on several career paths, such as:

  • Public health at Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Professor of cultural geography at UCLA
  • D.C. director of housing for low- and middle-income populations
  • Social work agencies across the metropolitan D.C. area
  • Various teaching positions throughout the world
  • Embassy and cultural programs

Contact info:

Michelle Chatman, Ph.D. | T: 202.274.6964 | Bldg 41, Office 400-05