Sociology at Duquesne University offers students a greater understanding of the social structures and processes that underlie our daily lives, and an awareness of the possibilities of social-scientific research for increasing our understanding of society. Students can choose to major or minor in Sociology, and also have the option to pick up either a Social Justice and Policy or Criminal Justice Concentration.

Strong Academic Foundation

Duquesne's core curriculum teaches social theory and research methods, which provide the basic knowledge necessary for graduate study or employment in the social sciences.

Our elective courses offer knowledge relevant to specific areas of students' interests.


Program Type

Major, Minor





Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

All Sociology majors must complete the following courses:
  • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology
  • SOCI 200W Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 201 Research Methods
  • SOCI 202 Quantitative Analysis
  • SOCI 455W or 456W Senior Seminar

In addition, students must also complete MATH 125 Fundamentals of Statistics.
  • If a student chooses to concentrate in either Criminal Justice or Social Justice & Policy, the remaining major credits must go towards the concentration.
  • You can also choose to study Sociology without a concentration! Students would just take elective Sociology credits around their areas of interest for the remainder of their program (at least six credits need to be at the 300-level or above).


Minor in Sociology (15 credits)

The Minor in Sociology is intended to provide a brief background in the same essential knowledge, substantive application and general perspectives provided in our Sociology major. In addition, the minor will foster critical thinking about society and culture.

Requirements for the Sociology minor include:

  • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology
  • 12 additional credits in Sociology

Major Concentrations

The Criminal Justice concentration provides substantive background for work or further education in the criminal justice field.

As a student with this concentration, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in preparation for advanced study or for career pursuits in areas including:
  • Corrections
  • Investigation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Research
Some examples of course options for the Criminal Justice concentration include:
  • SOCI 211 Social Deviance
  • SOCI 212 Drugs and Society
  • SOCI 218 Treatment and Community Corrections
  • SOCI 264 Police and Society
  • SOCI 371 Race, Crime and Justice
  • SOCI 409 Correctional Policy and Practice
The Social Justice & Policy concentration is designed for students who are interested in applying sociological theory and research to an understanding of social policy and its applications.

It prepares the student for advanced study or careers in such areas as:

  • Gerontology
  • Human Services
  • Local Government
  • Urban Planning

Some examples of course options for the Social Justice & Policy concentration include:
  • SOCI 208 Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • SOCI 215 Sociology of Media: From Print to Social Media
  • SOCI 217 Protest and Social Movements
  • SOCI 225 Family Systems
  • SOCI 305 Person and Society
  • SOCI 309 Social Stratification