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Topic Lists

Here are two lists of sociology topics from library classification systems with its call numbers. And scroll down to find a link to another list from a reference book database.

From the Library of Congress Classification System

Subclass HM

HM(1)-1281       Sociology

(HM1-299)      No longer used

HM435-477        History of sociology. History of sociological theory

HM461-473        Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought

HM481-554        Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects

HM621-656        Culture

HM661-696        Social control

HM701               Social systems

HM706               Social structure

HM711-806        Groups and organizations

HM756-781        Community

HM786-806        Organizational sociology. Organization theory

HM811-821        Deviant behavior. Social deviance

HM826               Social institutions

HM831-901        Social change

HM1001-1281    Social psychology

HM1041-1101    Social perception. Social cognition. Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotype

HM1106-1171    Interpersonal relations. Social behavior

HM1176-1281    Social influence. Social pressure

Subclass HN

HN1-995            Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.

HN30-39            The church and social problems

HN41-46            Community centers. Social centers

HN50-995          By region or country

Subclass HQ

HQ1-2044          The Family. Marriage. Women

HQ12-449          Sexual life

HQ19-30.7         Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality

HQ31-64            Sex instruction and sexual ethics

HQ71-72            Sexual deviations

HQ74-74.2         Bisexuality

HQ75-76.8         Homosexuality. Lesbianism

HQ77-77.2         Transvestism

HQ77.7-77.95    Transexualism

HQ79                  Sadism. Masochism. Fetishism, etc.

HQ101-440.7      Prostitution

HQ447                Masturbation

HQ449                Emasculation. Eunuchs, etc.

HQ450-472         Erotica

HQ503-1064       The family. Marriage. Home

HQ750-755.5      Eugenics

HQ755.7-759.92 Parents. Parenthood. Including parent and child, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers

HQ760-767.7     Family size

HQ767.8-792.2  Children. Child development. Including child rearing, child life, play, socialization, children's rights

HQ793-799.2     Youth. Adolescents. Teenagers

HQ799.5-799.9   Young men and women

HQ799.95-799.97 Adulthood

HQ800-800.4      Single people

HQ801-801.83   Man-woman relationships. Courtship. Dating

HQ802               Matrimonial bureaus. Marriage brokerage

HQ802.5            Matrimonial advertisements

HQ803               Temporary marriage. Trial marriage. Companionate marriage

HQ804                Breach of promise

HQ805                Desertion

HQ806                Adultery

HQ811-960.7      Divorce

HQ961-967         Free love

HQ981-996         Polygamy

HQ997                Polyandry

HQ998-999         Illegitimacy. Unmarried mothers

HQ1001-1006     The state and marriage

HQ1051-1057     The church and marriage

HQ1058-1058.5  Widows and widowers. Widowhood

HQ1060-1064     Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement

HQ1073-1073.5  Thanatology. Death. Dying

HQ1075-1075.5  Sex role

HQ1088-1090.7  Men

HQ1101-2030.7  Women. Feminism

HQ1871-2030.7  Women's clubs

HQ2035-2039     Life skills. Coping skills. Everyday living skills

HQ2042-2044    Life style

Subclass HS

HS1-3371           Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.

HS101-330.7      Secret societies

HS351-929         Freemasons

HS951-1179       Odd Fellows

HS1201-1350     Knights of Pythias

HS1355              Other societies

HS1501-2460.7  Other societies. By classes

HS1501-1510     Benevolent and "friendly" societies and mutual assessment fraternities

HS1525-1560     Religious societies

HS1601-2265     Race societies

HS2275              Occupation societies

HS2301-2460.    Political and "patriotic" societies

HS2501-3371     Clubs. Clubs and societies for special classes Including boys' societies, Boy scouts, girls' societies

Subclass HT

HT51-1595         Communities. Classes. Races

HT51-65             Human settlements. Communities

HT101-395         Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology

HT161-165         Garden cities. "The city beautiful"

HT165.5-169.9   City planning

HT170-178         Urban renewal. Urban redevelopment

HT201-221         City population. Including children in cities, immigration

HT231                Effect of city life

HT251-265         Mental and moral life

HT281                 Recreation. Amusements

HT321-325         The city as an economic factor. City promotion

HT330-334         Metropolitan areas

HT351-352         Suburban cities and towns

HT361-384         Urbanization. City and country

HT388                 Regional economics. Space in economics

HT390-395          Regional planning

HT401-485          Rural groups. Rural sociology

HT601-1445        Classes

HT621-635          Origin of social classes

HT641-657          Classes arising from birth. Including royalty, nobility, commons

HT675-690          Classes arising from occupation

HT713-725          Caste system

HT731                 Freedmen

HT751-815          Serfdom

HT851-1445        Slavery

HT1501-1595     Races. Including race as a social group and race relations in general

Subclass HV

HV1-9960          Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology

HV40-69            Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice. Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief

HV85-525           By region or country

HV530                 The church and charity

HV541                 Women and charity

HV544                 Charity fairs, bazaars, etc.

HV544.5             International social work

HV547                Self-selp groups

HV551.2-639      Emergency management

HV553-639         Relief in case of disasters

HV560-583         Red Cross. Red Crescent

HV599-639         Special types of disasters

HV640-645         Refugee problems

HV650-670         Life saving

HV675-677         Accidents. Prevention of accidents

HV680-696         Free professional services. Including medical charities

HV697-4959       Protection, assistance and relief

HV697-3024       Special classes

HV697-700.7      Families. Mothers. Widow's pensions

HV701-1420.5    Children

HV835-847         Foundlings

HV873-887         Destitute, neglected, and abandoned children. Street children

HV888-907         Children with disabilities

HV931-941         Fresh-air funds

HV959-1420.5    Orphanages. Orphans

HV1421-1441     Young adults. Youth. Teenagers

HV1442-1448     Women

HV1449              Gay men. Lesbians

HV1450-1494     Aged

HV1551-3024     People with disabilities. Including blind, deaf, people with physical and mental disabilities

HV3025-3174     Special classes. By occupation

HV3025-3163     Mariners

HV3165-3173     Shop women, clerks, etc.

HV3174               Other. By occupation

HV3176-3199      Special classes. By race or ethnic group

HV4005-4013     Immigrants

HV4023-4470.7  Poor in cities. Slums

HV4480-4630     Mendicancy. Vagabondism. Tramps. Homelessness

HV4701-4890.9  Protection of animals. Animal rights. Animal welfare

HV4905-4959     Animal experimentation. Anti-vivisection

HV4961-4995    Degeneration

HV5001-5720.5  Alcoholism. Intemperance. Temperance reform

HV5725-5770     Tobacco habit

HV5800-5840     Drug habits. Drug abuse

From the Dewey Decimal Classification System

  • 302 Social interaction 
    • 302.2 Communication
    • 302.3 Social interaction within groups
    • 302.4 Social interaction between groups
    • 302.5 Relation of the individual to society
  • 303 Social processes 
    • 303.3 Coordination and control
    • 303.4 Social change
    • 303.6 Conflict
  • 304 Factors affecting social behavior 
    • 304.2 Human ecology
    • 304.5 Genetic factors
    • 304.6 Population
    • 304.8 Movement of people
  • 305 Social groups 
    • 305.2 Age groups
    • 305.3 Men and women
    • 305.4 Women
    • 305.5 Social classes
    • 305.6 Religious groups
    • 305.7 Language groups
    • 305.8 Racial, ethnic, national groups
    • 305.9 Occupational and miscellaneous groups
  • 306 Culture & institutions 
    • 306.2 Political institutions
    • 306.3 Economic institutions
    • 306.4 Specific types of culture
    • 306.6 Religious institutions
    • 306.7 Institutions pertaining to relations of the sexes
    • 306.8 Marriage and family
    • 306.9 Institutions pertaining to death
  • 307 Communities 
    • 307.1 Community planning and development
    • 307.2 Population
    • 307.3 Community structure
    • 307.7 Specific kinds of communities

  • 360 Social services; association
  • 361 General social problems & welfare 
    • 361.1 Social problems
    • 361.2 Social action
    • 361.3 Social work
    • 361.4 Group work
    • 361.6 Governmental action
    • 361.7 Private action
    • 361.8 Community action
    • 361.9 Historical, geographic, persons treatment
  • 362 Social welfare problems & welfare 
    • 362.1 Physical illness
    • 362.2 Mental and emotional illnesses and disturbances
    • 362.3 Mental retardation
    • 362.4 Problems of and services to people with physical disabilities
    • 362.5 Problems of and services to the poor; poverty
    • 362.6 Problems of and services to persons in late adulthood
    • 362.7 Problems of and services to young people; child abuse
    • 362.8 Problems of and services to other groups; wife/spousal/aged abuse
    • 362.9 Historical, geographic, persons treatment of social welfare problems and services
  • 363 Other social problems & services 
    • 363.1 Public safety programs
    • 363.2 Policy services
    • 363.3 Other aspects of public safety
    • 363.4 Controversies related to public morals and customs
    • 363.5 Housing
    • 363.6 Public utilities and related services
    • 363.7 Environmental problems and services; ecology; pollution
    • 363.8 Food supply
    • 363.9 Population problems
  • 364 Criminology 
    • 364.1 Criminal offenses
    • 364.2 Causes of crime and delinquency
    • 364.3 Offenders
    • 364.4 Prevention of crime and delinquency
    • 364.6 Penology
    • 364.8 Discharged offenders
    • 364.9 Historical, geographic, persons treatment of crime and its alleviation
  • 365 Penal & related institutions
  • 366 Association
  • 367 General clubs
  • 368 Insurance
    • 368.1 Insurance against damage to and loss of property
    • 368.2 Insurance against damage to and loss of property in transit (Marine insuranc, Transportation insurance)
    • 368.3 Insurance against death, old age, illness, injury
    • 368.4 Government-sponsored insurance
    • 368.5 Liability insurance
    • 368.6 Glass insurance
    • 368.7 Insurance against industrial casualties
    • 368.8 Other casualty insurance
  • 369 Miscellaneous kinds of associations
    • 369.4 Young people's societies
    • 369.5 Service clubs