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Army Sociology 2014
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
  • Increasing cultural awareness
  • 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) 938-3270, Dr. Morten Ender (845) 938-5638
MAJ Sharon Edens (845) 938-8645, MAJ Laura Weimer (845)938-5031
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

PL361 - Social Research Methods

PL384 - Sociological Theory

PL371 - Introductory Sociology

PL482 - Armed Forces and Society
PL 377 - Social Inequality PL488D - Sociology Colloquium

Sociology Electives

PL372 - Marriage and Family​ PL393 - Criminology and the Criminal Justice System​
PL497 - Seminar in Behavioral Sciences PL498 - Advanced Behavioral Sciences

 * you will select two electives


Enrichment Electives (Pick five courses * 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