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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
11 January 2021
University of Richmond

Program description


Sociologists study social life in order to understand the causes and consequences of human action. If anthropology is the study of people, then sociology is the study of how they spend their lives. Sociologists investigate everyday life issues like how families affect people as they grow up and make choices for themselves, how people are accepted (or not accepted) into a group, environments in which people feel comfortable and productive, how people are treated by other members of society, and how issues of diversity affect the way people think and behave.

Students who study sociology gain unique insight into the social world through classes in social stratification, ageing, gender roles, race and ethnicity. Other courses confront issues that face modern societies—issues like family, education, religion, urban life, health care, deviant behavior and the environment. When students graduate with a degree in sociology, they take with them an understanding of how the social world operates.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Foundations of Society: Introduction to Sociological Analysis
  • Crime and Justice in a Post-Modern Society
  • Social Problems
  • Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Social Inequalities
  • Sociology of the Black Experience
  • Sociological Theory
  • Across the Pond: Europe vs. USA
  • Postsocialism in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Social Organizations and Institutions
  • Sport in Society
  • Selected Topics in Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Power, Control and Resistance
  • Conformity, Deviance and Institutions of Social Control
  • Social Change in a Global Perspective
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Race and Ethnicity in America
  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • Race, Class, and Schooling
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Selected Topics
  • Individual Internship
  • Research Practicum
  • Capstone Experience
  • Undergraduate Summer Research
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Sociology Honors Thesis

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Skills You Will Gain as a Sociology Major

  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Presenting/defending a position
  • Utilizing statistical applications
  • Identifying value systems
  • Applying non-intrusive methods
  • Planning long-term projects
  • Reaching new conclusions through comparative studies

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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