The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program engages students in the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students will investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to global warfare; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of social class, race, and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of beauty. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.
Sociology majors develop analytical skills and the ability to understand issues within many distinctive perspectives. Sociology offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate growth or downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, health/HIV AIDS, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace, war, and terrorism. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.
The program’s stimulating curriculum in social theory, research methods, and key sociological concepts provides a solid base for students to learn to think abstractly, formulate problems, ask appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze situations and data, organize material, write well, and make oral presentations. Sociological training helps students bring breadth and depth of understanding to the global workplace and graduates frequently enter a variety of jobs in business, the health professions, criminal justice, social services, and government. Sociology provides training for professions such as law enforcement, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Furthermore, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics and policy analysis, public relations, business, or public administration, and program evaluation—fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Identify and distinguish between sociological research methods.
- Describe the roles of individuals and groups in the social construction of reality.
- Apply major sociological theories to real world situations.
- Identify the roles of gender, race, ethnicity and social class in social change at the micro social and macro social levels.
To be awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students are required to complete a capstone project as part of the degree program. It is strongly suggested that students save all graded work. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding admission and evaluation
Prerequisites for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
- SOC 344 Marriage, Sex and the Family
- SOC 443 Sociology of Deviance
- SOC 385 Methods of Social Inquiry
- SOC 455 Organizational Sociology
- SOC 365 Classical Social Theory
- SOC 500 Cultural Pluralism in the USA
- SOC 375 Contemporary Social Theory
- SOC 540 Power and Social Change
- SOC 499 Sociology Senior Project
Upper-Division Electives (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Students must complete a minimum of seven courses (31.5 quarter units) of electives from the list below. *Students wishing to complete a minor in any field may substitute the minor-required courses to fulfill the elective requirements in Sociology. Suggested areas of minor are: Criminal Justice, Global Studies, and History.
- CHD 440 Drugs, Values and Society
- CJA 448 Violence and Society
- GLS 410 Gender and Global Society
- GLS 310 Global Communications
- GLS 430 The Global Economy
- GLS 440 Study Abroad
- HUM 501 Global Civic Culture
- MTH 412 History of Mathematics
- PHL 320 World Religions
- PHL 375 Environmental Ethics
- POL 320 Politics of Social Movements
- SCI 300 Geography
- SOC 325 Popular Culture
- SOC 328 Intercultural Thinking
- SOC 331 Sociology of Health & Illness
- SOC 336 American Film and Society
- SOC 350 Cultural Diversity
- SOC 430 Culture, Technology & Society
- SOC 445 Contemporary Social Problems
- SOC 449 Sociology of Law
- SOC 460 The Individual and Society
- SOC 490 Guided Study