The Home of Army Sociology

Focusing on the human experience in all

Sociology is concerned with the scientific study of social groups and human interaction.  Army Sociology is concerned with ameliorating social problems; 2) empiricism; 3) ethnography; 4) the locality; 5) reform the human condition; 6) providing a window to the world of human experiences; 7) highlighting the intersections of human experience; 8) emphasizing how individuals are contextually embedded; 9) challenging the common sense with the ironic; and 10) providing a just voice for our subjects of study. 

Why Major in Sociology? 

The Sociology Program is one of the best kept secrets at West Point.  We like it this way.  We have a small number of cadets committed to their studies in rigorous and practical ways.  Cadets receive individual attention to make the best of the education and their experience at West Point.  Moreover, it provides a foundation in critical and creative thinking and written and oral analysis that serves our cadets well in the Army, graduate school and beyond.   

Here is a wonderful article to share with your friends and family about why you would major in sociology: 

 Famous Leaders and Sociology Majors

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King 
Ronald Reagan (double major in sociology and economics) 
Michelle Obama, lawyer and former First Lady of the United States 
Reverend Jesse Jackson 
Dan Aykroyd, actor/Blues Brother 
Reverend Ralph Abernathy 
Shirley Chisholm, former congresswoman from NY 
Maxine Waters, congresswoman from LA 
Emily Balch, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize winner (a social worker and social reformer) 
Paul Shaffer, bandleader on David Letterman Show (and before that, Saturday Night Live) 


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2007 - 2019 Sociology Newsletters



Sociology Courses

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West Point's Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Sociology Honor Society holding the AKD banner in the Behavioral Science & Leadership conference room at West Point.

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)

The International Sociological Honor Society Alpha Phi of New York Chapter at West Point

AKD at West Point is a 21st century phenomenon. Established in 2001, the Sociology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership inducts the newest members into the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociological Honor Society every spring in Thayer Hall. 

According to official handbook, AKD is a democratic and international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of three Greek words: Antropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The purpose... Read more

Diversity & Inclusion Studies Minor

Diversity and Inclusion Studies (DISM) is an interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership that consists of humanities and social science courses. America is a multicultural polity and demands knowledgeable and pragmatic thinkers who understand the range of human experiences. The Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor (DISM) exposes cadets to varied perspectives & methodologies for understanding and studying the humanities. By carefully drawing from existing courses in multiple departments, the DISM complements and enhances the core curriculum, academic majors, and several West Point Centers and committees. The DISM helps fulfill the Superintendent’s and Dean’s vision for... Read more

Diversity & Inclusion Students and a faculty member pose for group photo in the Behavioral Science & Leadership conference room at West Point.
Dr. Morten Ender speaking to West Point cadets at a sociology conference.


Past, Current and Future Army Sociology Faculty

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