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The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech is recognized for excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach.  Our award-winning faculty teach and conduct research in a wide range of sociological specialties and related interdisciplinary areas.

The department grants the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, and undergraduate students can concentrate or earn minors in general sociology, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Peace Studies.

Graduate students can earn an M.S. or Ph.D. in sociology specializing in areas such as social inequality, crime and deviance, health, culture, and globalization.  Graduate students can also earn a degree in sociology with an option in Africana Studies, or Women's and Gender Studies.

Sociology is the academic home of programs in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies, and it houses the Center for Race and Social Policy Research and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.

We invite you to explore the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech!







Department of Sociology

560 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
P: (540) 231-8971
F: (540) 231-3860


Upcoming Events:

  • Howard Reich, a regular writer for the Chicago Tribune and author of the documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past," will visit campus in October.  In his memoir, Howard Reich tells the story of his upbringing in a household of Holocaust survivors, and of how his mother, Sonia Reich, finally succumbed to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the death of her husband.  Reich travels to Poland and the Ukraine in the attempt to reconstruct how his mother survived the Holocaust as an orphan on the run.
    Following public events have been planned:
    Monday, October 6, 2014:
    - Reading from his book "Prisoner of Her Past" and a follow-up discussion from 4:00 to 5:30 at Hillcrest Dining Hall.
    - Fireside chat with Howard Reich, organized by the German Culture Club from 7:30 to 9:00 (locations will be announced soon).
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014:
    - Screening of the documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past" (by Gordon Quinn) with a follow-up discussion at the Lyric from 4:00 to 5:30.