Sociology Major Requirements

Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking the question, what is the meaning of this?
~C. Wright Mills

Concord University Sociology Rocks Student Group Photo

Here at Concord we offer both a major and minor in sociology. In the major there are three areas of concentration to help students select the path that best fits their career goals. While not required, students who elect to follow a concentration are able to customize their degree to best appeal to potential employers and to learn key skills. 


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Sociology Program uses the following progression sheet to track the courses that students have taken towards completion of the degree.

Download-Button.jpg Sociology Progression Sheet (PDF)

Sociology is the scientific study of society and human interaction.  The goal of sociology is to understand human behavior in social context. The sociology curriculum encourages students to develop a theoretical framework and techniques of investigation useful for analysis of social institutions, organizations and groups.  Special emphasis is placed upon issues of social justice related to inequalities of race, class, gender and sexual orientation.  

Core Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts, with a major in sociology, requires successful completion of 120 semester hours, including (1) the Program of General Studies; (2) the sociology program listed below; and (3) a program of electives or a minor as worked out with the student’s adviser.

Television Courses

The Department of Sociology, in general, will not grant credit hours for the major or minor by educational television programming. Exceptions may be made with departmental consent.

Sociology Major Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 201 Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 305 Professional Issues in Sociology (1)
  • SOC 398 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research (3)
  • SOC 399 Quantitative Methods in Sociological Research (3)
  • SOC 406 Sociological Theory (3)
  • SOC 430 Seminar in Sociology (3)
  • MATH 105 Elementary Statistics (3) OR PSY 212 Behavioral Statistics (3)

Fifteen (15) hours of sociology electives (to be selected in consultation with advisor). This may include an optional internship.


Culture and Interaction Emphasis

Recommended electives for students planning to attend graduate school.

The culture and interaction concentration is ideal for students who plan to go on to graduate school and pursue an advanced degree. It focuses on developing critical thinking, writing and theoretical skills that will benefit those interested in graduate school. Students who pursue an advanced degree in sociology or a related field may become social researchers, college professors licensed social workers and policy makers among other careers. 

  • SOC 207 Social Inequality and the Media (3)
  • SOC 221 Sociology of Gender (3)
  • SOC 301 Sociology of Families (3)
  • SOC 307 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • SOC 321 Popular Culture (3)
  • SOC 450 Sociology Internship (3-12)

Charlie Woody at Concord University 2015 Undergradute Research Day


Inequality and Social Justice Emphasis

Recommended electives for students planning to work in the human services field.

The inequality and social justice concentration is intended for students who are interested in working with non-governmental organizations, charitable trusts, community organization or other arenas of social activism. This plan focuses on helping students understand social organizations, inequality and issues of social justice while developing organization and problem solving skills.

  • SOC 207 Social Inequality and the Media (3)
  • SOC 210 Deviant Behavior (3)
  • SOC 221 Sociology of Gender (3)
  • SOC 230 Sociology of Law (3)
  • SOC 329 Minority Group Relations (3)
  • SOC 320 Special Topics in Sociology (3) (Gerontology)
  • SOC 450 Sociology Internship (3-12)


Crime and Deviance Emphasis

Recommended electives for students planning to work in the criminal justice field.

The crime and deviance concentration is ideal for students who intend to pursue a career in law enforcement, rehabilitation, corrections or who hope to move on to law school.  This concentration gives students insight into the social and cultural causes of crime and deviance, and teaches them to apply these ideas to their understanding of the crime and justice system.

  • SOC 210 Deviant Behavior (3)
  • SOC 229 Sociology of Law (3)
  • SOC 301 Sociology of Families (3)
  • SOC 303 Criminology (3)
  • SOC 307 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 450 Sociology Internship (3-12)