When it comes to entering the work world, sociological insights will be very valuable. One can apply sociological concepts and principals in any work environment, both conceptually and methodologically. The sociological perspective provides a unique way of looking at how society works and the intricate interrelationship between individuals and society. Sociology utilizes theories and concepts that help persons understand communities, organizations, bureaucracies, families, and small groups.
Undergraduate and graduate training in sociology is excellent preparation for careers in business and the human services. Sociology majors who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, and human resources. Those who enter human services work with at-risk youth, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse or the justice system. In today's information society, the solid base received in research design, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts also enables sociology graduates to compete for positions in research, policy analysis, and program evaluation.
The Department of Sociology offers two undegraduate degrees, a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The BA degree requires a foreign language, 30 credit hours of core sociology courses, plus 15 elective hours in sociology (chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor). In addition, a BA degree requires a minor.
A BS degree requires 30 hours of core sociology courses and 30 hours in an interdisciplinary concentration. The Sociology department offers concentrations in:
- Applied Research Methods
- Criminology, Deviance and Law
- Families and Intimate Relationships
- Sociology of Health and Aging
- Individually Designed (requires departmental approval)
- Social Inequalities
We also offers two graduate certificates. These include:
Department of Sociology
Appalachian State University
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209 Chapell Wilson Hall
480 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608