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B.A. Sociology

ABOUT THE BACHELOR OF arts IN 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A SOCIOLOGY STUDENT

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.

DEGREE AT A GLANCE

Average Class Size: 40
Total Credit Hours: 120

  • 40 of which are general education
  • 23 free electives
  • 45 major courses
  • 12 required courses

WHERE WILL MY DEGREE TAKE ME?

Community Relations

  • Housing agencies
  • Urban Renewal Agencies
  • Anti-Poverty agencies
  • Peach Corps
  • VISTA
  • community organization projects
  • Rural community consultations
  • UNESCO

Industrial Sociology

  • Consultants
  • Personal managers
  • Staff Counselors
  • Research workers for business

Family Relations

  • Churches
  • General and Mental Hospitals
  • Public Park Systems
  • Unions and industries
  • Agencies for counseling on marriage
  • Recreation Agencies

Medical Sociology

  • Members of research teams
  • Consultants of director of Hospital Professional
  • Teachers, researchers
  • Public Opinion research
  • Research designers
  • Administrators

ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

W.E.B. Dubois Sociology Club
Norfolk State University’s Sociologist Honor Society welcomes students whose academic performance indicates that they excel as beginning sociologist.

Students may also graduate with honors by meeting the requirements of the university’s Honors College
The American Sociological Association
The Society for Applied Sociology
Association of Black Sociologists
The Southern Sociological Society
The American society of Criminology
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
The Virginia Social Sciences Association
The Population Association of America
Southern Demographic Association