DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RELATIONS
B.A. Sociology - Program Overview
Sociology is the scientific study of social life, social change and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology seeks to challenge commonly accepted explanations for human actions and social happenings by looking beyond surface content and systematically attempting to understand why things happen as they do.
The Sociology major is designed to provide students with a broad-based understanding of human behavior. Through coursework and "hands-on" learning experiences, students learn how to apply sociological theory and methodologies in order to critically assess situations, beliefs, policies and practices in an effort to identify possible solutions to social problems and facilitate positive social change.
While students are required to take courses in both social theory and research methods, there is an emphasis on practical application. Most importantly, the major provides students with the flexibility to choose courses that are consistent with their life ambitions. Students planning to enter the job market after graduation may take advantage of internship opportunities. Those contemplating pursuing a graduate degree are encouraged to write a senior thesis and take advantage of the opportunities to engage in research practicums or collaborative research experiences with faculty.
For Sociology majors, getting a job that allows you the opportunity to utilize the various skills and competencies acquired through four years of study requires careful planning and preparation. Internships are a great way to acquire the type of "hands-on" experience that many employers demand. Over 150 nonprofit agencies serving the High Point area offer internships suitable for Sociology majors. For students meeting the requirements, Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society, sponsors student travel to regional meetings in support of those who want to present their own work and learn from the scholarly presentations of others. The Sociology Club offers students the opportunity to contemplate sociological ideas outside of the classroom. It is also a place for students to network and have information about graduate schools, professional conferences, job opportunities and mentoring relationships with colleagues and professors.