Analyze Society, Achieve Social Change

Sociology offers broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge to address social problems in virtually any work environment. Sociology prepares students with marketable skills for work in both public and private job sectors including the areas of education, health, government, social advocacy, and research. Gain skills to seek positive social change through analysis of the structure of society, the dynamics of culture and interaction, and the causes and consequences of human behavior.

In addition to being offered at our main campus in Greeley, Colorado, you can also complete your B.A. in sociology online. Ideal for busy adults, our online program features extensive interaction between students and faculty, making you feel like you’re right there in the classroom. It’s also a chance to pursue your sociology degree with diverse students from all over the world. Learn more about UNC's online B.A. in Sociology

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Kyle Anne Nelson, Ph.D., M.P.H

Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

Kyle Anne Nelson, Ph.D., joined UNC's faculty in 2009. She has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of racial and ethnic inequality and health disparities. From 1996 to 2003, she worked at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as a health policy analyst studying access to Medicaid. Her current research projects focus on immigrant and refugee integration.

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Degree Options

B.A. in Sociology

Choose a learning path to fit your interests and career goals. UNC offers four areas of emphasis for its Sociology B.A.:

Family

Learn about family dynamics and policies from a sociological perspective. Includes courses in family studies, gender and aging, and issues in social policy.

Deviance, Crime and Delinquency

Explore the social forces underpinning deviance, crime, and delinquency. Includes courses in juvenile delinquency, criminology, and violence and the family.

Inequality and Institutions 

Learn about the causes and consequences of social inequality and how this relates to our social institutions and daily lives. Includes classes in the sociology of minorities, disability, gender, religion, and social class and inequality.

Social Psychology and Life Course

Take a multidisciplinary approach to studying people’s lives within structural, social and cultural contexts. Includes courses in the sociology of mental illness, self in modern society, and group dynamics.

Online Option

In addition to the Greeley campus program, this program is also offered online through UNC's Extended Campus.

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Minor Option

Sociology Minor

Our 18-credit minor provides a solid background in sociology and is a valuable addition to many different majors at UNC.

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Finding answers to complex questions

One of the things that students love most about our sociology program is learning how the world works while discovering new and potentially life-changing perspectives. This is especially true in the numerous and diverse experiential learning opportunities you have available. Our students pursue their research interests working with community hospitals and clinics, national church organizations, rescue missions, and the park system, just to name a few.

The Sociology program at UNC is an exceptional place to be. I have found that all of the classes being offered are relevant to everyday life, so whether you're already set on Sociology, or if you're still finding your way, this program has something to offer you, guaranteed!

- Emily Musumecci, Sociology major

Your Future in Sociology

One of the great things about majoring in sociology is that you can apply your degree to so many different careers. At the same time, you’ll learn a lot about the world, and about yourself.

Consider UNC's B.A. in Sociology if you:

  • Enjoy working with people and helping people solve problems
  • Have an interest in research
  • Have or want to develop strong communication skills
  • Work well independently

You’ll learn:

  • Effective communication, critical analysis, writing and research
  • How to collect, research, and evaluate data via surveys and trends
  • Methods to study human behavior and the influence of group activities on individuals

Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Sociological Practice
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Methods of Sociological Research
  • Issues in Social Policy
  • Sociology of Criminal Law
  • Sociology of Aging

Beyond the Classroom

Study abroad in such places as Ecuador, UK, Mexico, Spain, Iceland, Germany, New Zealand and Korea. We offer hundreds of study abroad programs in more than 60 countries around the world.

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Where can your degree take you?

Our program prepares you to apply sociology to virtually any field of study. These are just a few of your possible career options:

  • Caseworker
  • Consultant
  • Counselor/Therapist
  • Educator
  • Government Worker
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Market Analyst/Researcher
  • Medical Administrator
  • Parole or Correctional Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker

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