Student Resources

The possession of full knowledge does away with the need of trusting, while complete absence of knowledge makes trust evidently impossible.
~Georg Simmel

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The Sociology Department works closely with our students to help them make the most of their time here at Concord. Below you can find valuable information for current and prospective sociology students. Downloads in PDF format include advising materials, ASA citation information, and the required forms for Human Subjects Research. We also provide links to various Concord University Services and to professional organization of interest to sociologists.


Advising Materials

Each semester our majors meet with a faculty advisor to assess their progress and make a plan for the upcoming semester. Below are several important PDF documents that students need to have before coming to their advising appointment. The Advising Packet PDF walks you through the process of preparing a schedule and keeping track of your progress to graduation. 

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Advising Checklist (PDF)

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Four Year Course Plan (PDF)

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Sociology Progression Sheet (PDF)

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Sociology - Criminology Emphasis Progression Sheet (PDF)


Research Tools

It can seem daunting for student's embarking on their first research project in college so it is important to not forget the basics. Concord University's J. Frank Marsh Library provides students with access to important academic databases and archives, allowing student researchers to be confident in their sources. Sociology students often find EBSCO and JSTOR particularly helpful. (Log on to MYCU and find the databases under the library tab.) If you need help with your writing, remember Concord's Tutoring Services is there to help.

Concord Students at Southern Sociological Society Conference 2014 Charlotte

Citation Help

From journal articles to online research, it is very important that material is cited correctly. Plagiarism, even if unintentional, is taken very seriously at Concord. In sociology ASA is the preferred citation format. For examples of how to cite different sources in ASA, download the Quick Tips for ASA Style PDF. Always check with your teacher to verify the citation format that they want you to use. Visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab and EasyBib to learn how to cite work in MLA, APA, Chicago and other citation formats. 

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Quick Tips for ASA Citation Format (PDF)


Human Subjects Research Board

For students who which to research human subjects outside of the classroom, Concord University's HSRB will help identify any ethical or safety concerns and in conversation with a faculty advisor, assist students in developing projects that meet the highest safety and ethical standards of social researchers. The following PDF forms must be completed before students begin any human subject research project. 

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​HSRB - Policies (PDF)

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​HSRB - Project Information (PDF)

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​HSRB - Cover Page (PDF)

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​HSRB - Form 1A: Ethical Issues (PDF)


Division of Social Science Scholarships

The Division of Social Sciences offers several scholarship opportunities for Department of Social Work students. Review the descriptions of the scholarships below. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply. 

Deadline for 2017-2018 Academic Year: October 3, 2017

Undergraduate Waiver (CCUS) Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $1140.00 for In-State Resident ($3210.00 for Out-of-State Resident)

  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, 3.0 GPA, non-renewable; student cannot have other tuition specific scholarship such as Promise, HSTA, DHHR, U564, or outside scholarships designated for tuition

Joseph Hatcher Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $500.00

  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with 24 hours and 2.5 GPA, be a Mercer County resident, and demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

Lewis E. Tierney Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $400.00

  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with 24 hours and 2.5 GPA, must demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

Kalen Nehler at Concord University 2015 Undergraduate Research Day

The Barnette Scholarship

  • 1 award of $754.67

  • Eligibility: Graduate of a West Virginia High School, Social Sciences major, current 3.5 GPA, remain in good standing with the university, must demonstrate financial need, and have an ACT of 21 or equivalent

George F. Moore Scholarship

  • 1 award of $970.35
  • Eligibility: Rising CU Junior majoring in Political Science, with a cumulative 2.5 GPA and 3.0 Political Science GPA, must participate in S.O.U.P. and SGA, community service, and have good standing with the university

To apply for any of these Division of Social Work Scholarships, download and complete the application below. Return the completed scholarship application to the Division of Social Science office (Marsh Hall 105).

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Division of Social Sciences Scholarship Application (PDF)

For additional scholarship opportunities, visit Concord University's Scholarship webpage. Don't forget, the counselors at the Financial Aid Office are an excellent resource for information about paying for college. 


Professional Organizations Links

American Civil Liberties Union ASA Undergraduate Resources
Children's Home Society of WV Dead Sociologists' Society
Eastern Sociological Society
International Sociological Association NAACP
National Organization for Women National Science Foundation
Pew Research Center Rural Sociological Society
Society for Study of Social Problems Society for Applied Sociology
Sociologists for Women in Society Southern Poverty Law Center
Southern Sociological Society  



Sociology Employment Links

ASA Career Resources Concord University Jobs
Jobs Abroad Purdue Writing Guide
Social Service Job Site Southern WV Jobs
US Government Jobs WV Personnel Division
WV Job Network  



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