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Why Major in Sociology?
The Sociology Program at West Point is perhaps the most broadly encompassing in the BS&L curriculum.
Courses range from the study of both the causes and consequences of human social behavior in small groups to examining the basic organizing principles of entire societies. Specific courses represent the core of sociology. As a result they examine a variety of topics including social inequality, crime, the family, organizational systems, and the institution of the military.
Sociology as offered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, contributes to West Point's academic program goals in profound and meaningful ways through its role in preparing future Army leaders for the 21st century. Some of the ways that the program contribute to the Academy's goals include:
  • The utilization of math, science, and technology
  • Cultivate cross-cultural competence
  • Developing a social historical perspective
  • Understanding human behavior
  • Fostering methods to communicate
  • Developing moral awareness
  • Encouraging life-long learning
  • Valuing creative and critical thinking

Studying sociology at USMA is not as an end in itself, but rather is a key part of the overall development of military leaders and informed citizens of character.

Would you like someone from the Sociology Major to contact you? 
LTC Remi Hajjar (845) 938-5630, Dr. Morten Ender (845) 938-5638,
MAJ Laura Weimer (845)938-5031, CPT Jess Dawson (845) 938-8645
Sociology Goals
Sociology is the scientific study of human society and culture. We examine films, culture, McDonalds, New York City, foreign militaries, single parenting, dating, cadet life, women in the military, funeral homes, Iraq, adolescence, peace movements, AIDS, and a host of other topics in social life. To be effective leaders, all officers must understand the society they are serving, as well as the various social backgrounds from which their soldiers come. Increasingly, they must also understand the beliefs, values, and institutions of foreign societies. The goal of the sociology program at USMA is to develop the cadet’s ability to make sense of the entire cultural range of social behavior.

Sociology Courses: 

Core Classes

Sociology Electives

PL361 - Social Research Methods

PL372- Marriage and Family​

PL371 - Introductory Sociology

PL497 - Seminar in Behavioral Sciences

PL 377 - Social Inequality

PL393 - Criminology and the Criminal Justice System​

PL384 - Sociological Theory

PL498 - Advanced Behavioral Sciences

PL482 - Armed Forces and Society

  * you will select two electives

PL488D - Sociology Colloquium


Enrichment Electives

(Pick one course * from the following list)
* NOTE: List NOT exhaustive - See DAC for more info*

EP333 - Cultural Studies

EP365 - Ethics of the Military Profession​​

EP369 - Contemporary Creativity

EP374 - The Arts of War​

EV365 - Cultural and Political Geography

HI363 - Europe in Transition and Revolution​

HI377 - History of Asian Warfare

HI381 - History of Revolutionary Warfare​

HI383 - History of Middle Eastern Warfare

HI385 - War and its Theorists​

​HI386 - Korea, Vietnam, and the American Experience

HI391 - History of World Religions​

​HI397 - History of Cold War America

HI398 - Society and Culture in American History​

LA382 - Military Readings in Arabic

LA483 - Arab Civilization I​​

LA484 - Arab Civilization II

LC382 - Military Readings in Chinese​

LC483 - Chinese Civilization I

LC484 - Chinese Civilization II​

​LF382 - Military Readings in French​

LF483 - French Civilization I​

​LF484 - French Civilization II

LG382 - Military Readings in German​

LG483 - German Civilization I

LG484 - German Civilization II​

LN380 - The Nature of Modern Languages

LP382 - Military Readings in Portuguese​

LP482 - Civilization of the Portuguese Speaking World

LR382 - Military Readings in Russian​​

LR483 - Russian Civilization I

LR484 - Russian Civilization II​​

LS382 - Military Readings in Spanish

LS475 - Spanish Civilization and Culture​

LS476 - Spanish American Civilization and Culture

LW474 - Law of War​

​LW495 - Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence

MS455 - Comparative Military Systems​

​PL373 - Life Cycle and Human Development

PL376 - Personality and Adjustment​

PL379 - Group Dynamics

PL385 - Organizational Systems​​

PL387 - Foundations of Counseling

PL470 - Special Topics in BS&L​

PL479 - Leading organizations through change

SS370 - Mass Media and American Politics​

SS381 - Political and Cultural Anthropology

SS472 - American Civil-Military Relations, Post Cold War​

​PL383 - Social Psychology

SS464 - Homeland Security​​

SS474 - Terrorism - New Challenges