JMU Major: Sociology
The sociology program develops your ability to analyze the social world by using diverse sociological theories and research methods. It stresses the importance of social, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding relationships between and among individuals and the social structures that make up societies. You will gain the ability to think broadly and critically about the diversity of social organization and practice locally and globally. You will also develop the ability to take a disciplined and scholarly approach to understanding the world in which we live.
The major in sociology strongly develops skills in critical thinking, research, analysis, writing and communication. Sociology students frequently go on to post-graduate education and/or careers in both public and private employment sectors.
Environment, Technologies and Innovations
Political and Global Analysis
Community Action and Evaluation
Markets and Cultures
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the sociology major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the program coordinator in Sheldon Hall.
Students must earn at least a "C-" in all sociology courses. If a student earns below a "C-" in a course he or she can retake the course once in order to meet the "C-" standard.
Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.