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Sociology | Master's Program


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MA in Sociology

The Department of Sociology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, serves students from the local D.C. community, the United States, and the world as a center for the advanced study of social institutions, global affairs, and social justice. The sociology master's program offers in-depth training in sociological theory, with an emphasis on research methodology, to create sociological knowledge and apply professional research skills to inform effective policies and programs for social change.

Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in building equitable, humane, and sustainable social institutions. The sociology MA program prepares students for a variety of careers in social advocacy, research, teaching, human services, and policymaking institutions in both the public and private sectors in Washington and beyond.

AU’s location in the nation’s capital provides unparalleled access to government, research institutions, data and archival sources, advocacy organizations, and leaders involved in social change. Students experience a vibrant departmental culture of faculty and student engagement.

Program Questions

For questions about the sociology master's program, please contact Salvador Vidal-Ortiz: vidalort@american.edu.

Student Research

Kim Blankenship

Graduate students are conducting research in the Center for Health, Risk, and Society with Department Chair Kim Blankenship.

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