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Sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time. This field offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any issue: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, welfare or education reform, or problems of peace and war. 

The Department of Sociology offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with concentrations in Crime and Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Social Inequality, Family and Social Relationships, and Population Studies. In addition, the Department offers two Master of Arts degrees in Urban Affairs and Criminal Justice.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the sociology department is to increase the understanding of social behavior by promoting original research and teaching individuals the principles and methodologies of sociology.

  • Prepare students to deal with social problems & issues.
  • Support and encourage students to develop their full potential and achieve excellence.
  • Execute research to contribute to new knowledge.
  • Serve as an interface between the theoretical university and the pragmatically oriented community.
  •  Respond to a dynamically changing society by developing innovative programs to meet the changing needs.

The Power of Social Change

In order to heal the world, you must first be prepared to change it!

Department of Sociology
700 Park Ave
GWC Brown Memorial Hall, Suite 203
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-8436