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Sociology pays particular attention to social context as a factor in group dynamics and institutional functioning. The possibilities are many, as the context can be historic, geographic, demographic, and even personal/biographical. Why, for example, do children in different kinds of family contexts experience different levels of success at school? Or, what factors account for racial and ethnic differences in health outcomes? Or, how does growing up in a high poverty inner-city neighborhood versus a wealthy suburban community affect child development? Or, how can we understand wealth differences across countries, or changes over time in the ranking of countries? A sociological perspective, as these examples illustrate, addresses group differences and the processes that sustain them, often focused on social inequalities of various kinds.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Sociology department's faculty concentrate their teaching and research in two broad areas: 1) cross-national, comparative research and the study of long-term, world-scale social change; 2) social inequality and the social institutions that affect individuals' well-being and life outcomes, namely family, education and work, as well as more generally class, race, and gender. Majors acquire the tools of sociological analysis through the department's core-curriculum requirements and apply those tools to substantive topics of their choosing through elective course-taking. We have an accessible faculty who enjoy working with highly motivated students, often through sponsorship of independent reading and/or research courses or involvement in on-going faculty research.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Explore 100-200 level courses in sociology, such as AS.230.101
  • Take courses to explore the social sciences
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective H or S course
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Sociology:

  • Understanding socio-cultural forces impacting human behavior
  • Possesses awareness of the processes involved in dynamic person-environment interaction
  • Establishes and maintains rapport through interpersonal communication skills
  • Interpreting and reporting findings

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