Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

The Department of Sociology currently serves approximately 185 undergraduate majors in six Bachelor of Science concentrations - Applied Research Methods; Criminology, Deviance and Law; Families and Intimate Relationships; Gerontology; Individually Designed (requires departmental approval); and Social Inequalities. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minor in Sociology.

For more specific information, please see the descriptions of degrees and concentrations below. You can also contact the following faculty member for more information:

Dr. Ken Sanchagrin, Director of Undergraduate Studies

229B, Chapell Wilson Hall, office: 828-262-6386

Bachelor of Science in Sociology

The B.S. degree requires 30 semester hours of sociology courses and 30 semester hours in an interdisciplinary concentration. Below are the concentrations offered:

  • Applied Research Methods Concentration
    This concentration focuses on the research methods used by social scientists to learn about the social work. By research methods we mean the systematic strategies for investigating social behavior and interpreting the patterns we discover.
  • Criminology, Deviance and Law Concentration
    This concentration focuses on the causes of crime and society's responses to criminal behavior.
  • Families and Intimate Relationships Concentration
    This concentration focuses on people in groups, with particular emphasis on the family as a group.
  • Health and Aging Concentration
    This concentration focuses on the study how societal forces shape the experience of individuals and groups when facing issues dealing with health and healthcare. Particularly, for an aging population around the world.
  • Individually-Designed Concentration (Requires Department Approval)
    This concentration gives students a chance to select classes that inform a particular field or occupation of interest.
  • Social Inequalities Concentration
    This concentration examines how differences in such dimensions as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, age, and nationality may lead to unequal outcomes in terms of power, status, and income.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

This degree is excellent preparation for graduate or professional study. The B.A. degree requires a foreign language, a number of required sociology courses plus 15 hours of elective hours in sociology. In addition, a B.A. degree requires a minor in another discipline.

Minor in Sociology

A Sociology minor is helpful in providing an understanding of human groups and how they work and can provide a valuable foundation to any student who plans to work with people. Students have often paired Sociology minors with a degree from several other disciplines including Business, Criminal Justice, and Psychology.