Social Issues Emphasis

The bachelor of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in social issues combines basic principles, theories and methods and applies them to an understanding of social relations and institutional arrangements. The curriculum includes an examination of major issues in sociology, social change, social psychology and other elective areas.

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Graduates with this emphasis will be prepared for employment in social agencies, social research and related areas. 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 Social Issues combines basic principles, theories, and methods and applies them to an understanding of social relations, institutional arrangements, and social activism. The curriculum includes an examination of major issues in sociology. Graduates will be prepared for knowledgeable and productive citizenship roles as well as employment by social agencies and related institutions.

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 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 480 Social Issues Senior Project (0)
    • Co-requisite to one of the 400 level courses below

Select one (1) of the following 400 level courses as a capstone course:

  • SOC 432 Group Dynamics (3)
  • SOC 444 Sociology of Criminal Law (3)
  • SOC 448 Issues in Social Policy (3)
  • SOC 471 Sociology of Aging (3)

Choose 24 More credits based on the criteria below:

  • Any course with a SOC prefix may be used to satisfy these 24 credits.
  • 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 four (4) different variable title courses (SOC 296, SOC 302 and SOC 395) may be used for elective major credits.
  • Students are encouraged to take courses within a concentration area.
  • Students are encouraged to select one or more minors.
  • Students may take all the 400 level courses if they wish; however, one of those courses must be taken in the same semester are SOC 480 Social Issues Senior Project.

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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