Sociology does not simply describe how human social behavior is organized and how it changes. It seeks to explain the reasons for such organization and change. To this end, the professional sociologist aims to learn how to anticipate and predict patterns of human group interaction. Such information, systematically and objectively derived, provides knowledge from which enlightened, informed social policies and planning can ensue.
The department’s core curriculum is structured to orient students interested in sociology and other professional areas. Experience in these courses helps to free the mind from the fetters of traditionalism, fostering critical analysis of the social-scientific context. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in internships, fieldwork, and undergraduate research. In addition to the major and minor in sociology, the department offers a minor in criminal justice and a concentration in the sociology of family and gender. The department also prepares for successful graduate study and employment in sociology, research, and other fields.
The careers of the department’s graduates include criminal justice, law, social work, environmental planning, policy analysis, gerontology, medical sociology, clinical counseling, public health, medicine, theology, teaching and educational administration, government service, marketing research,
industrial sociology, public relations, diplomatic service, organizational research, and administration in industry or community service organizations.
Students majoring and minoring in sociology are eligible for election to the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society. The department also sponsors a discipline-oriented group, the Morehouse Sociological Association. Our rich history is exemplified by our students, faculty, and programs.
The Morehouse Research Institute and the Chivers-Grant Institute for Family and Community Studies are self supporting research and service units of Sociology. These institutes conduct research and develop and manage projects to serve the needs of underserved populations. The institutes also serve as a resource for the research and intellectual needs of students, faculty, and staff from the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Institute staff represent areas such as sociology, psychology, economics, and criminal justice. The institutes recognize outstanding service to the family as an institution through the Family Service and Pacesetter awards and student research awards.
For several decades, Morehouse and Emory University annually host the SouthEastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium. Alternating its location between Emory and Morehouse, this symposium draws students from colleges and universities across the southeastern U.S.
The goals of the sociology department are organized to ensure that students graduating from the department of sociology are prepared to:
- Enter graduate and professional studies
- Use their sociological skills and knowledge to begin careers
- Apply the sociological imagination and critical thinking to everyday life and community concerns
- Demonstrate a global orientation and enhanced awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the African experience in Africa and the diaspora
Major Course of Study Requirements
Sociology prepares students for post-graduate study and careers in a variety of disciplines.
The major consists of 21 hours of required core courses, three hours of a communication studies course, nine hours of electives, three hours of advanced applications courses, and six hours of capstone courses (three hours must be HSOC 495 Senior Seminar in Sociology). Students who major in sociology must meet the college social science requirement by taking six hours of social science courses outside the field of sociology.