Sociology B.A. – Social Issues 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 social issues combines basic principles, theories and methods and applies them to an understanding of social relations, institutional arrangements, and social activitism. The curriculum includes an examination of major issues in sociology.

Graduates will be prepared for knowledgeable and productive citizenship roles as well as employment by social agencies and related institutions.

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.

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 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 480Social Issues Senior Project


SOC 480: co-requisite to one of the 400 level courses below

Select one of the following 400 level courses as a Capstone course:

SOC 432Group Dynamics


SOC 444Sociology of Criminal Law


SOC 448Issues in Social Policy


SOC 471Sociology of Aging


SOC 479The Community


Choose 24 credits based on the criteria below:

  • Any course with a SOC prefix may be used to satisfy these 24 credits.
  • 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 four different variable title courses (SOC 295, SOC 302 and SOC 395) may be used for elective major credits.
  • Students are encouraged to take courses within a concentration area.
  • They are also encouraged to select one or more minors.
  • Students may take all the 400 level courses if they wish; however, one of those courses must be taken in the same semester as SOC 480, the Social Issues Senior Project.

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.