Why study sociology?

Sociology cultivates engaging and creative learning experiences within and beyond the classroom that generate impactful research, innovation and social change.

Our curriculum addresses multiple and overlapping forms of exclusion and inequality with an eye toward building transformative communities and solutions. We seek to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide range of careers and live as socially conscious global citizens in a diverse world.

Learn more about what sociologists do and why employers value these skills.


Four current VCU students and two alums have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. (File photo)

May 1, 2024

Four VCU students and two recent alums selected for prestigious National Science Foundation funding

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports their advancement in STEM disciplines.

Sheila Hernandez-Rubio will spend two years conducting research with the NIH after graduation, looking into health disparities in Black and Hispanic communities. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

April 30, 2024

Class of 2024: Family and diversity inspire Sheila Hernández-Rubio on her path toward medicine and community

With a NIH project starting soon, pre-med student embraces how undergraduate research and multicultural groups shaped her VCU experience.

Ana Edwards, an assistant professor of African American studies at VCU, has been interviewing members of the Family Representative Council, including Joe Jones and others who have been connected with the work going back to 1994. (Contributed photo)

April 2, 2024

VCU students, faculty document oral history of the East Marshall Street Well Project

The Health Humanities Lab, a research lab at VCU’s Humanities Research Center, is conducting the project in collaboration with the Family Representative Council.

Sociology Spotlight