Concentrations

The Department offers two concentrations as options for sociology majors: “Crime, Law and Power” and “Global Economy, Organizations and Work.” Although a concentration is not required, students with an interest in one of these areas may find it valuable.  A concentration enables students to pursue a coherent course of study focused on a particular theme and guides them in selecting the courses that allow for an in-depth exploration of that topic.  Moreover, because concentrations are noted on students’ transcripts, they signal a specific course of study to graduate programs and employers.

Crime, Law and Power
The Crime, Law and Power concentration may be of interest to students planning careers in law, criminal justice, politics, government, and related non-profit agencies. It provides students with a rigorous study of social theory and research to aid them in developing an understanding of crime and violence, law and the legal system, and legal and non-legal modes of exercising power in society. 

SOC 2210 Drugs & Society 
SOC 2055 Law and Society 
SOC 2220 Social Problems
SOC 2230 Criminology
SOC 2380 Violence & Gender         
SOC 4230 Deviance & Social Control
SOC 4260 Race Crime & Punishment         
SOC 4660 Sociology of Power & Authority
SOC 4055 Sociology of Law             

Other relevant A&S courses (students may count only one of these towards the concentration):          

MDST 3406 The Wire: Understanding Urban America                   
PSYC 2410 Abnormal Psychology  
WGS 2898 Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus  
WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice      
WGS 4800 Gender-Based Violence 
AAS 3810 Race, Culture and Inequality      
PHIL 2060 Philosophical Problems in Law
PHIL 2690 Justice, Law, and Morality
PHIL 3670 Law and Society

Global Economy, Organizations and Work
The Global Economy, Organizations, and Work concentration may be of interest to students planning careers in business, government, law, human resources, and market research.  It provides students with the opportunity to study the economic sphere of social life from within the liberal arts and sciences, utilizing a social-science point of view.

SOCI 2900 Economy and Society
SOCI 3559 Sociology of Innovation
SOCI 3440 Chinese Society
SOCI 3470 Sociology of Development
SOCI 3480 Sociology of Globalization
SOCI 3710 Organizations, Institutions, Markets
SOCI 4140 Sociology of Consumption
SOCI 4190 Gender and Work
SOCI 4290 Sociology of Money
SOCI 4480 Sociology of Professions
SOCI 4510 Special Topics in Work: The Ethics of Insecurity

Other relevant A&S courses (students may count only one of these towards the concentration):

ANTH 3220 - Economic Anthropology
HIUS 2061 - American Economic History (cross-listed as Econ 2060)
HIUS 3471 - History of American Labor
HIEU 2051 - Economic History of Europe
HIEA 3211 - Japan's Economic Miracle
ECON 4150 - Economics of Labor
ECON 4190 - Industrial Organization
ECON 4195 - Empirical Industrial Organization

Requirements
Each concentration requires the completion of three courses (9 credits) focused on relevant topics.  Certain courses have been pre-approved as counting toward each of these concentrations.  A student may also petition the Director of Undergraduate Programs to count a course that has not been pre-approved.  No more than one course (3 credits) taken outside the Department may be counted toward the concentration.

Procedure for Declaring a Concentration
To declare a concentration, follow these steps:

Step 1.   Download the relevant Concentration Form (a PDF file) from the Sociology Department website:
               (https://sociology.as.virginia.edu/program-forms-and-links).

Step 2.   Schedule a meeting with your advisor (in person or via Zoom).  Bring the Concentration Form to the meeting with your advisor.
               You and your advisor should discuss your interest in the concentration and agree on a plan of study.

Step 3.   Complete the Concentration Form and submit it to the Department’s Academic Assistant, Ms. Joyce Holleran, either in paper or electronic form.