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.


VCU Honors College students Arya Kalathil (left) and Simrah Ansari (right) lead students in the WHAM (Wellness, Happiness and Mindfulness) class at Open High School in some yoga moves. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Feb. 19, 2024

In VCU Honors College, students get teaching and tutoring experience through partnership with Richmond public high school

Now in its eighth year, the Open-Honors Connect program enhances undergraduate learning while expanding course offerings for the city school system.

VCU’s recognition as a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program demonstrates a campus culture that values international engagement. (File photo)

Feb. 13, 2024

VCU named national ‘Top-Producing Institution’ for Fulbright Scholars

University earns honor for the second time with record-tying 11 Fulbrights during the 2023-24 year.

In 2023, students and alumni were named recipients for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Gilman Scholarship and the Public Policy and International Affairs Program Junior Summer Institute. (File photo)

Nov. 29, 2023

Year-end review: A look at the VCU students and alums who earned prestigious domestic and international scholarships in 2023 through the National Scholarship Office

The recipients represent the university’s academic excellence and stand out for their accomplishments and potential in highly competitive international and domestic applicant pools.

Sociology Spotlight