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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

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.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Sociology / Anthropology Program

You must complete 120 credit hours to earn the bachelor’s degree in sociology, including 15 credit hours of electives.

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:

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