Applied Sociology Emphasis

The bachelor of arts degree in sociology, with an emphasis in applied sociology, includes a concentration in a specific area of sociology consisting of approximately three courses to be chosen in consultation with the student’s working on car from 50's

Examples of concentrations that might be developed are:

  • Life course & social identity
  • Social policy
  • Deviance, delinquency & crime
  • Institutions

Other concentrations are also possible depending on class availability and the student’s interests.

The emphasis includes the core courses in sociology - two theory and two research - as well as concentration courses and culminates in a research internship. Graduates with this emphasis are prepared for employment in a variety of non-profit settings or for graduate work in sociology.

Advising Information

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering (the advisor will provide them with the PIN number required for registration). The assigned advisor is available through the URSA login: on the Student tab, Registration Tools, View Student information. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program office for advisor information.

Program Description

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Applied Sociology, includes an examination of basic theories and methods in sociology and the application of sociological knowledge to a specific concentration. The applied research practicum experience with a social agency or organization is the capstone course.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of social and private agencies, social research, and related areas.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic in Good Standing

Additional Program Requirements

  • A 2.0 GPA within the major is required.
  • At least 50% of the courses taken to complete the major must be upper division (300-400 level).
  • All emphasis areas provide a foundation for graduate work in sociology.
  • Students may select only ONE emphasis area.
  • Juniors and seniors with a University GPA of 3.0 and higher may register for 500 level courses.

Degree Requirements - 120 Credits

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Required Specified LAC - 6 credits

LAC area 5c - Human Behavior and Social Systems

  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)

LAC Area 2 - Mathematics

Choose one of the following courses:

  • STAT 150 Introduction to Statistical Analysis* (3)
  • MATH 124 College Algebra (3)
  • Or any higher level MATH course.

    * STAT 150 is the preferred course

Remaining LAC - 34 credits

See Liberal Arts Core Checklist

Required Major - 41 credits

Take all of the following courses:

  • SOC 231 Introduction to Sociological Practice (3)
  • SOC 351 Classical Social Theory (3)
  • SOC 352 Contemporary Social Theory (3)
  • SOC 361 Methods of Sociological Research I (3)
  • SOC 362 Methods of Sociological Research II (3)
  • SOC 363 Methods of Sociological Research I Lab (1)
  • SOC 364 Methods of Sociological Research II Lab (1)
  • SOC 492 Practicum in Applied Sociology (3-9)

Choose 12 more credits based on:

  • Only 3 credits of the following can be used:
    • SOC 422 Directed Studies (1-3)
    • SOC 490 Internship (3-9)
    • SOC 491 Sociology Internship (3-9)
    • SOC 492 Practicum in Applied Sociology (3-9)
  • A maximum of three (3) different variable title courses (SOC 302 and SOC 395) may be counted.

Required Concentration - 9 credits

  • Select nine (9) credits within a concentration area, such as childhood & youth, health, illness & aging, social psychology, or social policy.
  • Check with a sociology program advisor for a current list of concentration areas and courses within each.

University-Wide Credits - 39 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC. For sociology, this will typically be 39 credits.

This sample four-year program will help you plan your class schedules.


Angie Henderson, Ph.D., Sociology Chair

Location: Candelaria 2016

Telephone: 970.351.2195

Fax: 970.351.1527

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