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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the causes and consequences of human social interaction.  Sociologists investigate the structure and processes of groups, organizations and societies and how people interact within these contexts.   Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from intimate family to the hostile mob; from the interpersonal violence to organized crime; from religious practices to street crime; from divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at NSU prepares students to address social problems and issues by understanding scientific principles of social life, gaining skills in critical thinking, research and data interpretation, gaining practical experience through internships, and applying empirical evidence in the development of social policy.  In addition, the program is devoted to support and encourage students to develop their full potential and achieve excellence while responding to a dynamically changing society by developing innovative programs to meet ever-changing needs.

The Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum in Sociology at Norfolk State leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours consisting of:  40 credits hours of general education, 23 credit hours free electives, 12 credit hours of other required courses and 45 credit hours of major courses. 

Students who major in sociology have the option of selecting courses from the basic curriculum to fulfill specific career goals in either, crime and criminal justice, family and social relations, social justice and social inequality, or population studies.

Although most of the courses are offered at traditional times (day courses), non-traditional times (online, late afternoon, nights and on weekends) are also offered allowing students to be gainfully employed. In addition, the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center offers related courses. 

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program addresses the diverse needs of professionals who provide leadership in the justice system.  

Two areas of concentration permit students to develop specialized skills and expertise.  The aim of the MACJ is to provide a coordinated and systematic approach attracting top quality student into the program.  The goal and objectives will focus on skills development and knowledge that reflects the changes in criminal justice education towards professional development.

The graduate program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Criminal Justice, with concentrations in both Criminal Justice Management and Planning and Juvenile Justice.  The program will consist of 36 semester hours, with 18 semester hours of core requirements and 18 semester hours in the areas of concentration. Students elect a thesis or non-thesis option to complete degree requirements. We off a rigorous, yet supportive learning experience to prepare students for leadership in criminal justice. Courses are offered at the state-of-the-art technological facility at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. 

Master of Urban Affairs
The Master of Urban Affairs degree program is structured to meet the career development needs of adults desiring to work in urban administration or professional positions that address urban issues. Career opportunities exist in local, state and federal government, as well as in the business and non-profit sectors. As over half the world population lives in or near urban areas, the study of urban affairs represents an important discipline.