College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Program Areas and Career Opportunities

Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior. A Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology will lead to career opportunities in the criminal justice system, social services, government, or business. It will also serve as preparation for graduate study in sociology, other social sciences or professions, such as social work, counseling, education, or law.

What does it mean to say that sociology is the study of human society and social behavior?

  • It means we're interested in looking at how people treat other people in their day-to-day relationships and understanding why people live the way they do.
  • We want to know about the lyrics in the latest popular music and the influence of religion on people's lives;
  • How couples develop relationships and move toward a permanent commitment to one another (or why they don't);
  • How sports in high school and college have become training grounds for a major industry;
  • How crime and other social problems emerge and the effects they have on all of us;
  • How the things that happen in our daily lives are affected by social forces that seem beyond our control;
  • How, in fact, we can have an impact on the direction society takes.

Sociology majors are people who like to learn, to think, and to talk about the world we all live in - how things work, why they work the way they do, and how they might be changed for the better. They're curious about different people's perceptions, different cultures, and different ideas about why people do the things they do.

Being a sociology major at Winston-Salem State means reading, writing, working with others in a supportive academic environment, both inside and outside the classroom. It means doing research, developing communication skills, and thinking critically about issues that affect us all. Involvement in research projects with faculty, in service-learning activities, and in the Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society, enhance opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. All of these skills and experiences will serve a graduate well in all types of work, including graduate school.

Major Program in Sociology

To complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, students are required to complete a total of 120 semester hours. Forty-six of those hours must consist of sociology courses, with a grade of C or higher in each course.

Required Sociology courses include the following:

  • SOC 2301 General Sociology
  • SOC 2326 Elementary Statistics
  • SOC 3342 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 3352 Methods of Social Research
  • SOC 4339 Senior Seminar.

Sociology majors must also complete 24 semester hours of courses within one of these tracks of study:  Health and Wellness or Social Inequality.  Six other semester hours of sociology electives complete the 46-hour requirement.

The remaining hours in the program include "core curriculum" classes, required of all students at the university, and other elective or support courses. Included in those courses are six semester hours of one foreign language or of American Sign Language, and three semester hours each in economics, geography, and philosophy.

Minor Program in Sociology

A minimum of 18 semester hours in Sociology with a grade of C or better in each course is required for a minor in this field. The following courses are required:

  • General Sociology
  • Elementary Statistics (*waived for students whose major requires a statistics course)
  • Social Theory
  • Methods of Social Research (**waived for students whose major requires a social/behavioral science research methods course)

Sociology electives must be completed to bring the total semester hours in Sociology to 18.
Students for whom one or two required courses are waived must complete three hours of Sociology for each course that is waived.

Professional Associations

To learn more about sociology in general and what state, regional and national organizations have to offer for students and anyone else interested in sociology, try these links:

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601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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