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University Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs The George Washington University  



University Professor A. Etzioni

Professors P.H.M. Lengermann (Research), W.J. Chambliss, S.A. Tuch (Chair), R. Weitzer, R.J. Cottrol, G.D. Squires, R. Whitaker, D. Guthrie

Associate Professors C. Deitch, I. Ken, D.S. Eglitis

Assistant Professors F. Buntman, H. Ishizawa, A. Jones, M. Kelso, E. Morrison, V. Rankin (Research)

Professorial Lecturers R.B. Zamoff, P.A. Konwerski, D. Marshall, L. Osborne

Lecturers M. Wenger, L. Joseph

Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—Soc 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in the major—Soc 2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 4197, and seven additional upper-division sociology courses, including at least two courses chosen from the 2160s or 2170s groups. It is recommended that Soc 2101 and 2102 be taken before the senior year.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in criminal justice—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—Soc 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in the major—Soc 1003, 2101, 2102, 2136, 2145, 4192; PPPA 2117; and five courses chosen from Soc 2135, 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189, 5785; Psyc 2011, 3154; ForS 2103-4; PSc 2213, 2215; Anth 3513; Hist 3370; Econ 2167. Of the five courses, at least one sociology course and at least one non-sociology course must be taken; students must verify that they have met any prerequisites before registering. It is recommended that Soc 2101 and 2102 be taken before the senior year.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in human services—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—Soc 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in related areas—Phil 2135 and one course chosen from Comm 1040, 1041, 1042, 2120.

4. Required courses in the major—HmSr 3152, 2171, 2172, 2176, 1177, 2182, 4195; Soc 2101, 2104.

Combined bachelor’s/master’s dual-degree programs—Four programs are offered: the B.A. and M.A. in sociology, the B.A. in criminal justice and M.A. in criminology, and the B.A. in criminal justice or human services and Master of Public Administration. Interested students should contact their advisor by the end of their sophomore year.

Special Honors—In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors in sociology or criminal justice or human services must maintain a 3.3 grade-point average in the major, must be registered in Soc 3195 or HmSr 4193 during their senior year, and must complete a senior honors thesis.

Minor in sociology—18 hours of course work are required, including either Soc 1001 or 1002, either Soc 2103 or 2104, and four upper-division sociology courses, excluding Soc 4192 and 4197.

Minor in criminal justice—18 hours of course work are required, including either Soc 1001 or 1002, 1003, 2136, and 2145, plus 6 hours of electives chosen from Soc 2135, 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189, 5785; Psyc 2011, 3154; ForS 2103; PSc 2213 or 2215; PPPA 2117; Anth 3513; and Hist 3370. At least one elective must be a sociology course.

Minor in human services—A minimum of 18 hours of course work, including HmSr 3152 (6 hours), 2176, 2182, 4195, and an elective chosen with permission of advisor.

With permission, a limited number of graduate courses in the department may be taken for credit toward an undergraduate degree. See the Graduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

Note: A student majoring in sociology may not declare a second major or a minor in criminal justice, or vice versa. Students in all three departmental majors and minors are required to earn a grade of C− or better in all courses in the major or minor. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D−, the student may either (1) repeat the course, in which case the grade in the repeated course must be no lower than a C−, and grades for both the original and repeated courses will appear on the student’s transcript; or (2) take an upper-division course in the same department, in addition to the minimum number of courses required for the major, and receive a grade no lower than C−. Option 1 must be approved by the department chair in writing before the student may register for a course a second time.

Departmental prerequisite: Either Soc 1001 or 1002 is prerequisite to all upper-division sociology courses.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.


1001 Introduction to Sociology (3) Staff
  A broad overview of the “sociological imagination” as a way of understanding social issues and personal experience; sociology’s place among the social sciences; basic elements of sociological perspectives. (Fall and spring)
1002 The Sociological Imagination (3) Ken, Eglitis
  Using the sociological—rather than the psychological, economic, or religious—imagination, students gain experience making connections between those things that seem intimate and personal and those that give order to the social world. An introduction to sociology that engages students in such topics in the field as issues of race, gender, inequality, and education. (Fall and spring)
1003 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) Weitzer, Buntman
  An introduction to the study of criminal justice. The historical development of criminal justice and its evolution into modern legal systems. The impact of different forms of criminal justice on society and the individual. (Fall and spring)
2101 Social Research Methods (3) Tuch, Ishizawa, Jones
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (1 hour). Introduction to basic research methods in sociology. Topics include research design, sampling, measurement, and analysis of survey data via computer application. (Fall)
2102 Techniques of Data Analysis (3) Tuch, Ishizawa, Jones
  Continuation of Soc 2101. Examination of a range of topics in the statistical analysis of sociological data, with a strong emphasis on computer applications. Prerequisite: Soc 2101. (Spring)
2103 Classical Sociological Theory (3) Ken, Eglitis
  Analysis and critique of the development of Western European and North American social thought in the period of modernity. Consideration of the development of classical theoretical statements and the emergence of topics of sociological inquiry globally. (Fall)
2104 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) Ken, Eglitis
  A systematic evaluation of the work of selected social theorists of the post–World War II era. Emphasis on application of theoretical concepts to matters of present-day concern. (Fall and spring)
2105 Social Problems in American Society (3) Squires
Introduction to critical social problems (e.g., unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination) in the United States and how they are, and have historically been, researched and understood by the academic and non-academic worlds. Concepts, theories, and methods of sociological research; examination of the field of social problems generally, emphasizing contemporary social problems.
2111 Field Research (3) Chambliss, Weitzer
  Examination of the logic of qualitative inquiry and techniques of qualitative data collection and analysis. Various research methods are covered, with an emphasis on intensive interviewing, participant observation in field settings, and focus groups. (Spring)
2112 Evaluation Research (3) Staff
  Introduction to the evaluation of public programs designed to address the impact of social problems on individuals, households, and larger collective groups. Application of social science theory and research methods to the assessment of impact benefits and costs of such programs. (Fall)
2135 Youth and Delinquency (3) Chambliss
  Analysis of historical, economic, and social conditions affecting both difficulties in socializing youth and the evolution of the state’s formal systems of control. (Spring)
2136 Criminology (3) Chambliss, Weitzer
  Nature and distribution of crime as related to the development and operation of criminal law and various social and legal institutions. Analysis of the historical, social, legal, and cultural conditions affecting the nature of crime, criminality, and the development of state responses made to it. (Fall and spring)
2145 Criminal Law (3) Chambliss, Buntman
  Introduction to the sources and fundamental principles of criminal law and procedure using major sociological perspectives as interpretive tools. (Fall and spring)
2150 Sociology of Sport (3) Zamoff
  Sport as a social institution; the role, consequences, and functions of sport in U.S. society. Relationships between sport and the institutions that impact our lives: education, mass media, economics, politics, etc. (Fall)
2151 Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport, and the American Dream (3) Zamoff
  How Jackie Robinson’s struggles and accomplishments can help in understanding current issues in race, sport, and U.S. society. The background leading to, and the impact emanating from, Robinson’s entry into major league baseball. (Fall)
2161 Sociology of Complex Organizations (3) Staff
  Review of sociological approaches to the study of complex organizations. Selected and comparative emphasis on bureaucratic organization in both government and private sectors. (Spring)
2162 Sociology of the Family (3) Staff
  An examination of the stages of family life: birth, childhood, premarital relationships, marriage and sex roles in marriage, retirement and old age. Special emphasis on development and maintenance of interpersonal relations. (Fall)
2163 Sociology of Education (3) Staff
  Analysis of educational systems from historical–comparative, institutional, and micro-sociological perspectives. Emphasis on educational systems in relation to the religious, cultural, economic, and political forces shaping their character; the role of formal education in modern society. (Spring)
2165 Sociology of Religion (3) Staff
  Analysis of the relationships between religion and society. Topics include the contribution of religion to social integration, social change, and social inequality; the nature of religious experience; religious symbolism; the basis of religious communities. (Spring)
2167 Sociology of Law (3) Chambliss, Buntman
  Law as a social phenomenon and agency of social control. Special emphasis is placed on study of the sources of and challenges to the legitimacy of law. (Fall)
2168 Economic Sociology (3) Staff
  Sociological approach to the study of micro- and macroeconomic behavior. Historical and comparative analyses informed by the literature of sociology and other social sciences. Critical review of economic policy in developing, post-communist and advanced market societies. (Spring)
2169 Urban Sociology (3) Squires, Ishizawa, Jones
Analysis of the city from a sociological perspective. Topics include a focus on the social change and inequality associated with urban growth, neighborhood change, and suburbanization; residential segregation; the issue of whether community exists in cities; urban poverty and homelessness. (Fall and spring)
2170 Class and Inequality (3) Tuch, Eglitis, and Staff
  Analysis of distribution of resources and opportunities for participation, education, and social mobility. International comparisons; analysis of public policies that affect these distributions. (Fall)
2173 Social Movements (3) Staff
  General survey of the various forms of collective behavior (fads, panics, riots, social movements, etc.), and a more detailed study of the genesis, development, and decay of social movements and social revolutions. (Spring)
2175 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3) Ken, Eglitis, and Staff
  The consideration of gender and sex as organizing principles of social relations. Analysis of the dynamics of inequality in such areas as families, the workforce, culture and mass media, politics, sexual relationships, law medicine, religion, and education.
2177 Sociology of the Sex Industry (3) Weitzer
  Sociological examination of sex workers and businesses in the United States and other nations. Analysis of major theoretical perspectives and research on the social organization of sex work, the experiences of participants, issues of gender and sexuality, and alternative policy frameworks regarding prostitution, pornography, and commercial stripping. Prerequisite: Soc 2175 or 2178.
2178 Deviance and Control (3) Weitzer
  Examination of deviant behavior and its control. Topics include theoretical perspectives, changing societal conceptions of deviance, deviant behavior and identity, and the dynamics of control agencies. (Fall)
2179 Race and Minority Relations (3) Tuch, Squires, Jones, and Staff
  Analysis of relationships between dominant and minority groups in society; nature and range of problems; analysis of the phenomenon of prejudice. (Spring)
2181 Special Topics in Sociology (3) Staff
  Analysis and examination of various processes in society of general importance to the field of sociology, e.g., social conflict, socialization, social change. Topic changes each semester; may be repeated once for credit. (Fall and spring)
2184 Violence and the Family (3) Staff
  Comparative approach to power and violence in family systems. Analysis of devaluation of family relations. Critical survey of explanations of violence and responses made to it. (Fall)
2189 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3) Staff
  Analysis and examination of various processes and problems of general importance to the field of criminal justice. Topic changes each semester; may be repeated once for credit. (Fall and spring)
3195 Research (1 to 3) Staff
  Independent study and special projects. Open only to selected undergraduates with promising academic records. Prerequisite: Students must submit a written proposal of their plan of study for the approval of the member of the department who will direct the research. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 credits. (Fall, spring, and summer)
4192 Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice (6) Chambliss, Weitzer
  Restricted to seniors majoring in criminal justice. Internship in a criminal justice agency; field placement in consultation with a faculty member is required before registration. Weekly seminar meetings, presentations, journal, and a paper are required. Prerequisite: Soc 2136 or 2145. (Fall and spring)
4197 Advanced Seminar in Sociology (6) Eglitis
  Restricted to seniors majoring in sociology. Students spend at least 12 hours a week in an approved community agency or organization in metropolitan Washington. Field placement in consultation with a faculty member is required. Weekly seminar meetings, reports, a journal, and a written paper are required. (Fall and spring)

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