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Sociology and Social Work

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The Hood College Department of Sociology and Social Work offers two majors: sociology, a social science that is integral to the liberal arts and social work, a professional program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Both programs offer students an array of timely and topical courses taught by faculty members who are caring, committed to students and to student learning and actively engaged in research in their disciplines.

The department offers minors in sociology and in social work as well as two additional minors designed for students with specialized interests. The social science research minor is for students in disciplines outside of sociology that use social science research methods—such as environmental studies, business administration and education—who wish to enhance the research skills that they will need for jobs in their chosen fields. The criminology and delinquency minor is an interdisciplinary one, combining coursework in sociology and social work. It is designed for students who wish to work with or advocate for people in criminal justice or juvenile justice settings; with juvenile or adult offenders; as expert witnesses regarding mental health, child custody, domestic violence and other issues; or in other settings such as substance abuse programs and correctional facilities.

Students majoring in sociology and minoring in business administration may wish to consider the 5-year B.A./MBA degree opportunity designed so students may earn their Masters of Business Administration on an accelerated schedule.

The sociology and social work department is located on the 3rd floor of Alumnae Hall, the building that houses the central administration offices on campus. Department facilities include faculty offices, classrooms and a computer lab.

To find out more about our programs, explore the links at this site or contact Laura Moore, Ph.D., chair of the department ( or Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., director of the social work program (

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