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
Harmony Newman, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies Program Coordinator
Dr. Harmony Newman joined UNC’s faculty in 2013, teaching in both the Sociology and Gender Studies programs. Her research has examined gender in STEM fields, pressures of motherhood, and news media constructions of illness. In fact, she’s been an expert commentator on employment experiences among mothers for WalletHub (2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms).
Working on a team with three other faculty, Dr. Newman was awarded a 3-year NSF grant to examine how field camp experiences impact geology students’ academic and career trajectories. This research will contribute to a deeper understanding of transformative learning experiences, the impact of gendered experiences on students’ trajectories and the development of a “Best Practices” manual for field camps.
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.
Social Psychology, Family 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.
Deviance & Social Control
Explore the production and maintenance of social control and the social forces which facilitate deviance. Includes courses in the sociology of law, social policy, juvenile delinquency, sociology of education 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.
In addition to the Greeley campus program, this program is also offered online through UNC's Extended Campus.
Our 18-credit minor provides a solid background in sociology and is a valuable addition to many different majors at UNC.
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
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
- 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
- Introduction to Sociological Practice
- Classical Social Theory
- Methods of Sociological Research
- Issues in Social Policy
- Sociology of Criminal Law
- Sociology of Aging
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.
Our program prepares you to apply sociology to virtually any field of study. These are just a few of your possible career options:
- Government Worker
- Labor Relations Specialist
- Market Analyst/Researcher
- Medical Administrator
- Parole or Correctional Officer
- Police Officer
- Social Worker
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