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Analyze Society and Achieve Social Change

Sociology is the study of social structure and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate group dynamics, organizations, institutions, social identities, and daily human interactions. 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 education, health, government, social advocacy, and research.

 News and Announcements

Dr. Rebecca Beals contributed to to a book that won “Book of the Year” from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. The book, New Directions: Assessment and Preparation of Hispanic College Students, included Dr. Beals' article, "Multicontextuality: A Framework for Access and Assessment of Underrepresented STEM Students.”


Dr. Josh Packard participated in a panel discussion in Baltimore on reasons young people feel detached from religious institutions. A story about the discussion was aired on Minnesota Public Radio on Jan 25, 2018.

Read about the panel and listen to the audio story

Dr. Angie Henderson participated in a Bear in Mind podcast regarding Sex Trafficking in our Own Backyard.


 Dr. Rebecca Beals was named Principle Investigator on an evaluation grant assessing the effectiveness and impact of a National Science Foundation program aimed at increasing undergraduate graduation rates and the representation of racial/ethnic minority students in science, technology, engineering and math graduate programs. 

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Congratulations to the below Sociology faculty for receiving HSS awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching: Harmony Newman
  • Diversity in the Classroom Honorable Mention: Andrew Prelog

Explore Sociology at UNC

UNC offers a diverse, engaged sociology program, with small class sizes and the opportunity to work side-by-side with your professors. Learn more about the faculty you'll meet and explore UNC's unique sociology program in this video.

Social Research Lab

Founded in 2007, the Social Research Lab was founded in 2007 to serve UNC and the surrounding community by utilizing highly trained faculty and undergraduate and graduate students to produce affordable, customized research solutions. It reflects UNC's commitment to community engagement and experiential learning.

The SRL's two main goals are:

  • To provide high-quality assistance with research design and implementation for research projects with non-profit, for-profit and municipal clients
  • To provide training for graduate and undergraduate students in research methodologies and project management.

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