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Sociology and Social Work

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301 696-3752


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.

The Sociology and Social Work Department is located on the 3rd Floor of Alumnae Hall (or “AD”), the building that houses the central administration offices on campus. Department facilities include a library collection, faculty offices, classrooms, and a computer lab.

To find out more about our programs, go to the links at the left and/or contact Dr. Laura Moore, chair of the department ( or Dr. Joy Ernst, Director of the Social Work Program (