Department of Sociology

Special Programs

Alpha Kappa Delta - The International Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) the international sociology honor society was begun in 1920. The Xi Chapter of Georgia at Morehouse College, chartered in 2004, is one of a network of worldwide chapters of AKD.    The following is the minimum requirement for acceptance into the Society:

  • Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
  • Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution.
  • Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.0 (by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship (note that due to the competitive nature of Morehouse College students, the top 35% of the College’s juniors and seniors have earned at GPA of more than 3.0).
  • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

Various scholarship and publication opportunities are offered to members through the organization.  New members will be initiated into the Society once a year (in the spring term) at a ceremony that family and friends may attend.


The Morehouse Sociological Association (MSA)
|s the official sociology club at Morehouse College. Its aims are to enhance social culture among the students at Morehouse College through various campus wide (AUCenter-wide) activities of sociological importance.

The MSA exists for the social, cultural, educational, and liberatory purposes hereby pleaded:

  • utilization of our sociological and social psychological knowledge to transform the world;
  • place the destiny of human beings in our own hands; to induct take under our wing willing freshman and sophomore Sociology majors and minors;
  • to prepare junior and senior Sociology majors and minors for the post undergraduate world;
  • and promote a network though which people can organize and bond through common values, common work, and common goals.

MSA   is your local civil rights activist organization. Over the past years, MSA has brought awareness to the AUCenter through its annual celebration to college activism rally. MSA accomplishments also include survey research of the college campus. Members participate in important sociological conferences as the Southern Sociological Society, Mid-South Sociological Association, Georgia Sociological Association, and Southeastern Undergraduate Student Symposium (SEUSS). MSA continues to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas towards social action.


Internships in Sociology
Internships enable students to achieve one of the primary goals of any curriculum - the ability to apply what they have learned in the classroom. As interns, students have extended opportunities to link theories and ideas to concrete situations, and to apply the perspective of their discipline in a work place setting as we hope they will after graduation. Internships are a real life laboratory within a supportive environment.

Depending on the placement, students may be involved in a variety of hands-on activities while they test their ability to act as a participant observer. Internships allow students to use their classroom knowledge in the analysis and interpretation of what they observe. In addition, internships can help students become more marketable by providing experience and contacts. We have placed students in a variety of internships such as the Fulton CountyDepartment of Social Services, the Atlanta Police Department, the Public Defender's Office, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, the Census Bureau, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and many other non-profit organizations in the community. For a complete list, contact the Chair.


Chivers-Grant Institute for Family & Community Studies
The Chivers-Grant Institute for Family & Community Studies is a self-supporting research and service unit of the department of sociology at Morehouse College. The general mission of the Institute is to conduct basic research and develop and manage projects to serve the needs of underserved populations. The Institute also serves as a resource for the research and intellectual needs of students, faculty and staff from the Atlanta University Center. Institute staff represent areas such as sociology, psychology, economics, and criminal justice.

The Institute is currently under contract with the Office of Family Planning to provide a broad range of training activities for its male reproductive health initiative. These activities include workshops on topics of importance to the approximately 120 community-based organizations receiving funding under this initiative. In addition to the workshops, the Institute offers a one-week intensive summer intern program for high-schooled aged males to prepare them as peer leaders in the area of reproductive health.

The Institute recently completed a comprehensive study of automobile safety restraint usage among minorities in the State of Georgia. The Institute is also a working partner in the Greater Atlanta Data Center (GADC). GADC's primary goal is to provide law enforcement agencies the technical assistance and support to implement a results-oriented GIS that will allow them to track crime across jurisdictional boundaries. In addition, the Institute is an affiliate of the State Data Center program of the Bureau of the Census.