Sociology B.A. –Family Studies 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:

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies includes an examination of major contemporary family issues and social policy. The applied research practicum experience with a social agency or organization that delivers family-relevant services is the capstone course.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of state, local and private agencies involved in delivering family services.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

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.
  • Students need to attend a required practicum meeting during the fall before their spring senior year practicum and subsequently need to set up their research projects with the agencies before the spring semester begins.
  • Missing the required fall orientation meeting for the subsequent spring practicum (SOC 493) is equivalent to missing the first two class periods and sufficient cause to be dropped from the course, unless other arrangements are made prior to this meeting.

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 120Introduction to Family Studies


SOC 221Sociology of Gender


SOC 324Issues in the Family


SOC 326Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence


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 423Violence and the Family


SOC 493Practicum in Family Studies

3 - 9

SOC 120 and SOC 221: (LAC area 5.c.)

SOC 493: Take 3 credits

Remaining Major

Take nine credits from courses with a SOC prefix.

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.