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Department of Sociology (SOC)

College of Arts & Sciences

337 Graham Building
(336) 334-5295

Sociology as a Second Major | Sociology Courses (SOC) | Sociology Major |Sociology Minor | Teacher Licensure in Social Studies



David J. Pratto, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Adams, Humphrey, Markham; Associate Professors Brown, Erdmans, Luebke; Assistant Professors Ahmad, Allan, Cureton, Mitchell, Westervelt

The undergraduate program in sociology is planned primarily as a part of a liberal arts education. The objective is to provide the student with an analytic and systematic approach to the understanding of social relations. The major provides a foundat ion for a variety of occupations and for advanced study.

Graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree with a major in sociology is also available. Courses in this program are offered during the regular academic year. For details, see The Graduate School Bulletin.


Sociology Major
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
Concentrations and AOS Codes:

  • Sociology, U221
  • Criminology, U222
  • Sociology, with Teacher Licensure in Social Studies, U223

The Sociology Major provides students with an understanding of the fundamental processes of social interaction that underlie all social organization and change. Beyond book and library study, students are required to develop skills in computer analysis and in survey and field research. Students may a) major in sociology, b) major in both sociology and another field, c) minor in sociology, d) major in sociology with a concentration in criminology, or e) complete the social studies licensure for secondary teachers with a major in sociology. Requirements for these five options are described separately below. Students interested in taking several courses on inequality, aging and health, or community organizations should see the Sociology Departmen t's Director of Undergraduate Studies for recommendations.


College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours) for All Concentrations

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional req uirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Edu cation Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Major Requirements for Sociology and Criminology Concentrations

Minimum of 30 semester hours in sociology and at least a 2.0 GPA for all courses in the major, to include:
SOC 101, 301, 302, 490

Additional Requirements for Sociology

Three courses selected from the following: SOC 341, 342, 344, 345

Additional Requirements for Criminology Concentration

SOC 324, 341, 342
Four courses from the following: SOC 222, 223, 250, 317, 325, 332, 413, 521, 595

Related Area Requirements

See the Sociology Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies for recommended cognate courses.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

Sociology as a Second Major

Required: minimum of 24 semester hours

Required Courses: SOC 101, 301, 302, 490

Two courses from the following: SOC 341, 342, 344, 345

Related Area Requirements

Completion of requirements for another major.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.

Sociology Minor

15 semester hours in sociology.

Teacher Licensure in Social Studies

Required: minimum of 24 semester hours

Please see Teacher Education Programs for more details.

Major Requirements

SOC 101, 301, 302, 490
Two courses from the following: SOC 341, 342, 344, 345

Related Areas Requirements

9 hours in history and 6 hours in each of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, and political science.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

  1. AULER requirements as identified within each major
  2. HEA 201 Personal Health
  3. PSY 121 General Psychology
  4. ELC 381 The Institution of Education
  5. CUI 450 Psychological Foundations of Education
  6. CUI 470 Reading Education
  7. Student Teaching
  8. For 9-12 subject area certification, students must take the appropriate Teaching Practices and Curriculum Course (CUI 451, 452, 453, 457, or 459) and CUI 465 Student Teaching and Seminar.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.


Sociology Courses (SOC)

Please note that not all courses are offered every year, but required courses are offered at least once a year.

For Undergraduates

101 Introduction to Sociology (3:3).


Scientific study of social behavior including factors involved in functioning and development of human society such as culture, identity, social organization, institutions, stratification, social process, and social change.

201 American Social Problems (3:3).


Contemporary American society and selected social issues from the sociological perspective. Attention given to value systems and institutions and to social processes of major current significance.

222 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3:3).


Sociological contributions to analysis and treatment of contemporary forms of deviant behavior. Relationship of deviant behavior to social change.

223 Global Deviance (3:3).

Explores and examines contemporary meaning and forms of deviant behavior using cross cultural and international perspectives. (FA)

227 Race and Ethnic Relations (3:3).


Interaction between peoples of differing racial, ethnic, and cultural background, with comparison of American relationships to those in other parts of the world.

250 Juvenile Delinquency (3:3).

Course assesses the nature and extent of juvenile participation in unconventional behavior and identification with norms and values promoting delinquency. (FA,SP)

261 Health and Society (3:3).

Analysis of socio-cultural aspects of health and illness. Consideration given to definitions of health, social distribution of illness, formal and informal organization of health professions and institutions, national health care systems.

300 Post Soviet Societies (3:3).


Examination of major social institutions and social problems. Emphasis on assessing impact of ideology, modernization, and traditional cultural values on the evolution of the societies which formerly comprised the USSR. Particular emphasis on Russian society.

301 Introduction to Methods and Research (3:3).

Pr. 101 and one additional sociology course.

Topics include the function of theory in research, concept formation, study design, data collection, and analysis strategies. Students design and conduct field and survey research studies.

302 Introduction to Data Analysis (3:2:1).

Pr. 101 and one additional sociology course.

Application of statistical concepts and procedures to sociological inquiry. Topics include elementary descriptive and inferential procedures and use of computers in data analysis.

317 Criminal Justice (3:3).

Adjudication of criminal defendants from arrest through appellate process. Special attention given to current issues in administration of justice, e.g., the death penalty, plea bargaining, alternatives to incarceration.

324 Criminology (3:3).

Consideration of legal aspects of crime, its causation, patterns of criminal behavior, and victimization. Attention given to selected current issues in detection, apprehension, and adjudication of criminal offenders.

325 Sociology of Work Organizations (3:3).

Pr. 101 or 201, or permission of instructor.

Analysis of relationships of individuals to work organizations and the relationships between individuals in organizations. Special attention to breakdowns in organizational functioning, satisfactions and dissatisfactions of individuals in work organi zations, informal relationships and power within organizations, unionization and organizational conflict, and implications of increasing bureaucratization for citizens and society.

326 The Community (3:3).

Pr. 101 or 201, or permission of instructor.

Recent changes and current structure of American communities, with special attention to urbanization, bureaucratization, industrialization, social class systems, land use, inter-organizational relationships, urban life styles, and community power.

328 Social Movements and Revolutions (3:3).

Systematic study of such forms of collective social behavior as social movements and revolutions with a strong international and comparative focus.

329 Sociological Perspectives on Women (3:3).

Inquiry into status of women in society with emphasis on socialization, structural and institutional relationships, and continuities and discontinuities in women's roles across the life cycle.

330 Urban Society (3:3).

Analysis of emergence of urban society including formation and growth of urban centers and problems associated with ecological, social, and cultural differentiation within urban settlements.

332 Law and Society (3:3).

  • Freshmen must have permission of instructor to register for this course

Examines law as a social process that differs from case to case according to the social characteristics of the parties involved. Criminal and civil law are discussed. (FA)

333 Experimental Course: Environmental Sociology (3:3).

Pr. 101.

Examination of the relationships between society and environmental issues. Major topics include public knowledge and opinion about the environment, environmental organizations, environmental politics, and environmental racism. (Offered FA99)

335 Marriage and the Family (3:3).

Analysis of marriage and family with particular attention to change and interrelationships with other institutions.

339 Population Problems (3:3).

Pr. one course in sociology or permission of instructor.

Sociological study of basic population processes of fertility, migration, and mortality, including examination of problems associated with changing population size, composition, and distribution.

341 Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology (3:3).

Pr. 101 and two additional sociology courses or permission of instructor.

  • May not be taken for credit if student has had SOC 571.

Conceptual frameworks of social psychology for selected topics: theories of social psychology, socialization, social perception, acquisition of self, gender, race and ethnicity, social interaction, and attitude and behavior change.

342 Social Stratification (3:3).

Pr. 101 and two additional sociology courses or permission of instructor.

Examination of theories of stratification and U.S. and other stratification systems with attention to wealth, prestige, and power inequality, mobility, class consciousness and revolution.

344 Global Society (3:3).

Pr. 101 and two additional sociology courses or permission of instructor.

Examines the interdependent development of formal organizations, communities, and societies as large scale social systems. Special attention is given to inter-societal relationships and the world system. Application to contemporary social issues is s tressed.

345 Social Change (3:3).

Pr. 101 and two additional sociology courses or permission of instructor.

Examination of nature, process, and consequences of social change with consideration of its control in all types of societies. 354 Women, Work, and Management (3:3).

Pr. junior standing, SOC 101 or MGT 200 or permission of instructor.

Examination of women's participation in the U.S. labor force and work organizations with special attention to issues for women in management. (Same as MGT 354)

362 Sociological Perspectives on Education (3:3).

Pr. 101 or permission of instructor.

Introduction to sociological theories and research about how social forces influence school, inequality and conflict in schools, how schools confer status on people, and how schools are organized and changed.

365 Public Opinion and Mass Communication (3:3).

Pr. one course in sociology or permission of instructor.

The structure and functioning of the mass media with special attention to societal and individual effects. Examination of public opinion formation and its consequences and also selected policy issues.

366 Sociology of Religion (3:3).

Sociological study in field of religion with emphasis on modern society and relation of religion to other institutions and functions of religious roles.

413 Corrections and Penology (3:3).

Pr. 6 hours of sociology or permission of instructor.

Major sociological issues concerning the process of sentencing, incarceration, and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult criminal offenders. Current correctional procedures and alternatives.

420 Experimental Course: Family Violence (3:3).

Pr. 324

Examines the forms, causes, incidence, and treatments of violence within the family and in other intimate relationships. (Offered FA99)

490 The Development of Sociological Theory (3:3).

Pr. 101, 301, 302, and two of 341, 342, 344, and 345 or permission of instructor.

Emergence of sociological theory from social philosophy and the place of sociological theory in development of social science.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

495 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Works in Sociology (3:3).

Pr. senior major.

Critical review of significant recent books representing various fields in sociology.

497, 498 Special Problems in Sociology (2 to 3), (2 to 3).

Pr. permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

499 Internship in Sociology (3-6:2:8-20).

Pr. junior or senior standing; Sociology as primary major; minimum 2.8 GPA; 2 letters of recommendation (at least one must be from the Sociology faculty)

  • Must preregister for course during the November registration period for Spring semester
  • Preference given to seniors

Students will complete at least 120 internship hours with a local public sector agency, and through the application of sociological concepts, will examine interpersonal, organizational, and public policy issues. (SP)


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

501, 502 Selected Topics in Sociology (3:3), (3:3).

Opportunity for advanced student to study in-depth topic or issue of special interest.

521 Advanced Topics in Juvenile Delinquency (3:3).

Social dimensions of juvenile delinquency; causation, prevalence, current trends. Legal processing of delinquents by police, courts, and correctional agencies, including diversion from the courts and alternatives to incarceration.

522 Seminar in Population and Urban Studies (3:3).

Pr. permission of instructor.

Advanced study of population processes and urban concepts from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Emphasis on accessing and interpreting data from the U.S. census and other sources.

526 Comparative Minority Relations (3:3).

Pr. 6 hours in sociology or permission of instructor.

Comparative study of ethnic, class, and cultural conflict in developing and developed societies. Attention is given to the impact of ethnicity and class conflict upon societal development and change in the international setting.

533 Political Sociology (3:3).

Pr. one course in field of large-scale organization or permission of instructor.

Influence of social values and social forces upon government policy and of government policy upon society. Examination of conflicting political sociological theories.

543 Urban Sociology (3:3).

Pr. 6 hours of sociology at 300 level or above or permission of instructor.

Survey of urban growth, mobility, ethnic composition, spatial and social patterns; emphasis on pluralistic interests, conflict, and change. Comparisons between American and non-American urbanization for purposes of assessing implications for planning and development.

552 Sociology of Science and Technology (3:3).

Pr. six hours of sociology at 300 level or above or permission of instructor.

Nature and origins of modern science; relations of science and technology; science in democratic and authoritarian societies; images of scientists; origins and recruitment of scientists; career patterns; the organizational setting.

553 Sociology of Occupations and Professions (3:3).

Pr. 3 hours of sociology or permission of instructor.

Nature and significance of work; culture perspectives on work; occupational choice; socialization into work endeavors; career patterns; control of occupations and professions; labor and leisure; relationships to community and society.

555 Sociology of the Family (3:3).

Pr. 314, 318, 355, or permission of instructor.

Critical examination of various ways of studying family, with consideration given to methodology, statistical treatment of data, and substantive findings.

561 Sociology of Leisure (3:3).

Pr. 101 or permission of instructor.

Sociological inquiry into the nature and uses of leisure in human societies. Among topics considered are sports, play, and games, popular culture and high culture, the relationship of work to time and leisure, leisure services and public policy.

562 Sociology of Education (3:3).

Pr. 6 hours of sociology at 300 level or above or permission of instructor.

Education as a dynamic and changing social system. Internal processes and structure of educational institutions and their interdependent relations with the environing society.

571 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (3:3).

Pr. 3 hours in sociology and 3 hours in psychology or permission of instructor.

Social impact, exchange, equity, and attribution theories intensively examined as basic in understanding specific substantive problems of reciprocal influences of groups and individuals in socio-cultural context.

572 The Small Group (3:3).

Pr. 3 hours in sociology and 3 hours in psychology, or permission of instructor.

How small groups form, function, and dissolve, considering especially the fundamental process involved: communication, conformity, cohesiveness, leadership, and status differentiation. Theory, research, and practical application emphasized.

574 Socialization (3:3).

Pr. 6 hours of sociology or permission of instructor.

Examination of fundamental theories of socialization and resocialization. Emphasis on studies dealing with the relationships between culture, society, and the individual throughout the life cycle.

586 Social Aspects of Aging (3:3).

Pr. 3 hours in sociology or permission of instructor.

Structural and social psychological theories of aging. Substantive topics determined by students. Focus on critical review of current research.

597, 598 Special Problems in Sociology (3), (3).

Pr. permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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