Family Studies Emphasis

family walking down sidewalkThe bachelor of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in family studies includes an examination of major contemporary family issues and social policy. The program culminates with a research internship with a social agency.

Graduates with this emphasis will be prepared for employment in a variety of state, local and private agencies involved in delivering family services. A foundation is provided 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 Family Studies, includes an examination of major contemporary family issues and social policy. The applied research practicum experience with a social agency or organization that delivers family-relevant services is the capstone course.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of state, local, and private agencies involved in delivering family services.

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.
  • Students needs to attend a required practicum meeting during the fall before their spring senior year, and subsequently need to set up their research projects with the agencies before the spring semester begins.
  • Missing the required fall orientation meeting for the subsequent spring practicum (SOC 493) is equivalent to missing the first two class periods, and sufficient cause to be dropped from the course unless other arrangements are made prior to this meeting.

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 120 Introduction to Family Studies* (3)
  • SOC 221 Sociology of Gender* (3)
  • SOC 324 Issues in the Family (3)
  • SOC 326 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (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 423 Violence and the Family (3)
  • SOC 493 Practicum in Family Studies (3)

    * these are LAC area 5c courses

Remaining Major - 9 credits

Take nine (9) credits from courses with SOC prefix.

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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