Sociology B.A. – Applied Sociology Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Karen M. Jennison, Ph.D., Sociology Chair

Location: Candelaria 2285

Telephone: 970.351.2315

Fax: 970.351.1527


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Applied Sociology includes an examination of basic theories and methods in sociology and the application of sociological knowledge to a specific concentration. The applied research practicum experience with a social agency or organization is the capstone course.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of social and private agencies, social research, and related areas.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Additional Program Requirements

  • A 2.0 GPA within the major is required.
  • At least 50 percent 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

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

SOC 100Principles of Sociology


LAC area 2 — Mathematics

Choose one of the following courses:

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis


MATH 124College Algebra


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 41 credits

Take all of the following courses:

SOC 231Introduction to Sociological Practice


SOC 351Classical Social Theory


SOC 352Contemporary Social Theory


SOC 361Methods of Sociological Research I


SOC 362Methods of Sociological Research II


SOC 363Methods of Sociological Research I Lab


SOC 364Methods of Sociological Research II Lab


SOC 492Practicum in Applied Sociology

3 - 9

Choose 12 credits based on the criteria below:

  • Only 3 credits of SOC 422, or SOC 490, or SOC 491 or SOC 492 may be used to satisfy these elective credits.
  • A maximum of three different variable title courses (SOC 302 and SOC 395) may be counted as required electives.

Required Concentration

Take 9 credits

  • Select 9 credits within a concentration area such as childhood and youth, health, illness and aging, social psychology, or social policy.
  • Please check with a Sociology program advisor for a current list of concentration areas and courses within each.

3. University-Wide Credits — 39 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 39 credits.