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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.

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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

Depth of Discipline Electives

PL372- Marriage and Family​

PL361 - Social Research Methods

PL371 - Introductory Sociology

PL497 - Seminar in Behavioral Sciences

PL 377 - Social Inequality

SS381: Cultural Anthropology

PL384 - Sociological Theory

PL498 - Advanced Behavioral Sciences

PL482 - Armed Forces and Society

PL383: Social Psychology

PL488D - Sociology Colloquium

PL393: Criminology
PL363: Qualitative Social Research Methods
Complementary Support Course CLUSTERS
Cadets will select one CSC group and take three courses in that cluster. The Red Book contains specific course  requirements
Sociology of Networks and Cyber Sociology of Organizational Leadership & Management

Sociology of Culture

Sociology of Moral Experience
Environmental Sociology
Historical Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology and Mathematics
Sociology of the Military

Sociology of Excercise & Sport

Sociology of Politics and Government
Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
Sociology of Sex/Gender
Sociology of Art & Film Sociology of Peace & Conflict