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Explore the Science of Human Relationships
The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology engages you in the study of social groups, social structure, and social change. Sociology addresses the origins of and solutions to many of the most challenging social problems of our time. These include the birth of new social and political movements tied to race, class, religion, gender, and sexuality; demographic changes that are transforming the human landscape in the US and abroad; contemporary public health issues related to the pandemic and social inequality; and technological innovations in the digital age that are changing our lives. Sociologists study these and other topics so as to affect positive social change in their communities at the local, national, or global level.
Designed for working adults, the program emphasizes real-world skills taught by experienced NU faculty. The program offers training in qualitative methodologies and digital literacy, providing students with important job skills. By applying research methods, theory, and knowledge about social life, you’ll learn to understand the structure of groups, organizations, and societies. You’ll explore human relationships from those as close as the intimate family to those as broad as global interactions among nations.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s BA in Sociology program, students will be able to:
- Identify and distinguish among 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- and macro-social levels
Hear From Our Faculty
“Sociology students are intellectually curious, idealistic, interested in understanding the social world around them, and the causes of and remedies for social problems. They are committed to creating a better world. For these reasons, the career paths they choose are likely to be satisfying, fulfilling, and personally rewarding.”
Professor of Sociology, Program Director BA Sociology
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