Sociology Programs

Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups and societies. The Sociology major offers a flexible sequence of cources that expose students to the core of the discipline including theory, resarch methods, and social stratification. In addition to preparing students for graduate school, the sociology curriculum allows students to gain skills relevant in many career trajectories including public health, applied research, and civic advocacy.

Major in Sociology - 128 Hours

Students must complete requirements outlined in:
I. General Education Requirements
II. Major Requirements
III. Electives

I. General Education Requirements
Students must complete the Foundations and Perspectives course requirements. General Education Perspectives specified by the major are:
Aesthetics Perspective minimum hours from the options 3
Global Perspective two courses of foreign language 6
Humanities Perspective minimum hours from the options in 2 disciplines 6
Ideas & Innovations - US minimum hours from the options 3
Ideas & Innovations - World minimum hours from the options 3
Natural Science Perspectives minimum hours from the options 4
Quantitative Reasoning Perspective: minimum hours from the options 3
Social Science Perspective minimum hours from the options 3

II. Major Requirements
SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 219 Research Methods 3
SOC 220 Behavioral Science Statistics 3
SOC 214 Class, Status & Power 3
SOC 310 Social and Political Theory 3
SOC 470 Senior Seminar 3
Five additional Sociology courses at the 200-level or above,
excluding SOC 300, 457-458, 461 15
Two additional Sociology courses (6 hrs.) at the 200-level or above 6
(may include SOC 300, 457-458, 461) or two courses from related disciplines with a Sociology faculty advisor’s approval and written notification to the Registrar

III. Electives
Students may choose to meet the elective hours required by completing a second major or minor, or courses of personal interest.
The maximum number of credit hours in Sociology that may be earned and counted toward the graduation requirement is 48.

Other Information
Because the major requires only 40 semester hours, students in the department are encouraged to participate in departmental programs which emphasize:

  • practical field-based education through our network of contacts with local agencies and groups
  • research opportunities through the Center for Assessment and Research Alliances (CARA)
  • computer skills through the use of MicroCase beginning in SOC 111 and, later, through SPSS.
  • or to complete a double-major or minor(s) in cognate areas.

Recent graduates have entered graduate programs in sociology, criminal justice, law and seminary; also, criminal justice-related occupations such as corrections, probation and parole, NC Highway Patrol, DEA, and various police and sheriff’s departments; and related occupations in rape crisis counseling, research assisting, banking, insurance and the furniture industry.

Minor in Sociology - 18 Hours

SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 220 Behavioral Science Statistics or 3
SOC 219 Research Methods
SOC 310 Social and Political Theory 3
3 Additional courses in sociology 9