The Sociology Department contributes to the intellectual, social, and career development of citizens in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The department is committed to educating students about the realities of human social interaction and offers students sociological tools to address current issues and problems encountered in social institutions and organizational settings. In addition, there are many opportunities for students to develop strong skills in understanding social issues from a global perspective. The department serves the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students by offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including minors and graduate certificate programs that enhance students’ intellectual growth and opportunities for career advancement.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program is committed to training students through distance-learning programs, face-to-face methods, and courses on military sites. Students have the option of pursuing advanced study in sociology through our Master of Arts (MA) degree program and certificate programs. The department employs numerous strategies to enhance student engagement and students benefit from faculty members’ commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring/advising, research, and service.
The Department of Sociology offers an undergraduate degree and a minor with the objectives of engaging in further study at the graduate and professional levels and pursuing entry-level careers in business, human services, health services, education, law enforcement, government, and the private sector. To achieve its objectives, the department requires students to complete the University College Core Curriculum and forty eight (48) or more credit hours in sociology.
Students in other undergraduate majors may elect to minor in Sociology or Africana Studies in order to broaden their academic background and/or achieve their career goals. The Department of Sociology offers courses that will satisfy the Scientific Literacy in Social Sciences (SOCI 210 ) and Global Literacy (ANTH 210 and SOCI 150 ) requirements of the University College Core Curriculum.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The BA in Sociology program enables students to acquire knowledge of sociological concepts and theories that assist them with the evaluation of social issues. Additionally, students master skills that foster competency in social research methods and statistical procedures.
Graduates are expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes or competencies:
- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main subfields of sociology through proficient performance in statistics, research methods, theory, demography, deviant behavior, social institutions, social inequality/ social processes, and anthropology.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of theories and their application to various social issues.
- Students will implement important components (statement of the problem, literature review, methods, references, citations) of the research process by designing a research project proposal.
- Students will be able to apply social statistical strategies to social issues.