College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Sociology, Bachelor of Science

Sociology is an academic program in the liberal arts tradition that emphasizes your development of critical skills (such as writing, analysis, and research) in the context of in-depth study of human social behavior and the dynamics of human societies. This program provides you with a great deal of flexibility to focus on special areas of interest, and internships are available in a variety of settings.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology?

How does social context affect how you think and how you act? How do we shape social change? How does a society become religious or secular, liberal or conservative? How do communities organize? Why do humans usually follow the “rules” of society? If these questions interest you, then you are interested in what C. Wright Mills has called the “Sociological Imagination.” This “Sociological Imagination” allows you to grasp the intersection of both your own personal biography and the historical/social context of the society.

The sociology program at Northern Arizona University will help you learn to apply sociological theory and methods to the study of issues in contemporary society and culture. You'll sharpen your critical thinking skills and gain knowledge about diversity, individual behavior, and group dynamics. Whether your career takes you into public service, private industry, or a non-governmental organization, the university's sociology program will help you understand-and act effectively-in the world around you.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Research and analysis
  • Victim advocacy
  • Probation work
  • Rehabilitation counseling

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Counselor
  • University professor
  • Researcher

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 36 units of major requirements
  • At least 18 units of minor requirements or an approved certificate of at least 15 units
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an SOC prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    • SOC 101, SOC 201 (6 units)
    • SOC 365 or STA 270 (3 units)
    • SOC 355W (3 units)
    • Additional units of sociology courses, which may include up to 6 units of SOC 408 (Additional units of it may be taken for elective credit upon faculty advisor approval) (21 units)
    • SOC 498C (3 units)
    Please note that you must take at least 9 of the 36 units required for this major at Northern Arizona University.

    In addition, we recommend that you take no more than 6 units of sociology courses as web-based courses. Engagement with the community of sociology majors and faculty is a critical component of your education, and participation in the sociology learning community is best achieved by participating in face-to-face Northern Arizona University courses.

Minor Requirements
  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.

  • Please note that you may substitute an Northern Arizona University certificate plan of at least 15 units for this minor requirement.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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