The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Humanities and Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Sociology. Students may study general sociology or pursue the departmental focus on urban social problems and social change. The program prepares students for positions in teaching, research, and applied fields. It serves primarily two types of students: those who wish to use a sociological analysis to perform their social problems-related work in community agencies, non-profit organizations, or other settings, and those aiming for Ph.D. programs in sociology.
Our graduate program emphasizes that many sociologists not only seek to understand social problems, but they also work to identify viable alternatives to existing conditions, and contribute towards responsible social change. Building on this philosophy, our program focus seeks to bridge basic and applied research through a Research Practicum. This approach uses sound sociological theory and research methods, consultation with communities that are directly affected by the issues being studied, and attention to the work of those who seek social change.
VCU combines graduate study in sociology with an urban environment. This urban environment offers unique opportunities and resources for studying social problems and social change. At the same time, the program promotes an understanding of the interdependent nature of local, national, and international processes. Students are challenged to consider the relationship between the local phenomena they may be studying in Richmond and the broader national and international context. Thus, the program offers students the unique opportunity to study locally while they think globally.