Sociology Program

What is Sociology?

Sociology is often described as the study of social interaction and change.  But what does this mean?  Sociologists seek to investigate and report on the ways in which the social forces we are  embedded in (e.g., cultural norms and values, economic change and inequality, political change and public policy), impact our lives.  Because social forces are often hidden and largely beyond the control of single individuals, knowledge of, and an ability to apply sociological theory and research methods can help facilitate positive social change by empowering individuals and communities  to effectively address the social problems and injustices they face.  In this way sociology can be thought of as a ‘martial art’, or a means of self-defense against powerful sets of circumstances (cf. Bourdieu).  The subject matter of sociology ranges from poverty & inequality to wealth & privilege; from globalization to community organization; from ethnoracial and gender discrimination to shared beliefs and cultrual values; from environmental pollution and technology to marriage, family, and sexuality.  Sociology is indeed a very broad field of study that allows students many options upon completion of a BA degree.  For more information on what a degree in Sociology can do for you, check out our informative brochure!

University Day

The Sociology Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Minor in Sociology:

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The major in Sociology consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours credit.  The program prepares students for graduate study primarily in Sociology but also in related fields such as Law, Urban Studies, Social Work, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. The major in Sociology must complete a minimum of 51 semester hours in Sociology as well as 18 semester hours of concentrated course work in a related discipline (e.g., social work, psychology, political science). To obtain the entire curriculum for the bachelor of arts degree program in sociology, please click here. 

Minor in Sociology The Sociology minor should consist of 6 credits of Sociology courses at the 100 level and 15 credits at the 200 level or above. Students who wish to minor in Sociology must complete courses with a grade of "C" or better. For a complete listing of required courses, please click here

Student Groups

The Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or to investigate humanity for the purpose of service. AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.

Purpose
AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

AKD Zeta Chapter Officers
President
Courtney Artis

Vice President
Tracey Quick 

Miss AKD
Elisa Ramdin 

AKD Faculty Advisor
Dr. Andrea N. Johnson
andreaj@ncat.edu
336.285.2246

Sociology and Social Work Society

Purpose
The purpose of the Sociology and Social Work Society is to promote the general growth and networking of sociology and social work majors. All Sociology and Social Work students are required to become a member of the society and participate in its activities.

Mission
The mission of the Sociology and Social Work Society is to offer sociology and social work majors community service opportunities, serve as a welcome committee to incoming freshman entering the department, and work with the faculty to create a student/faculty-friendly department.

Sociology and Social Work Students

Sociology and Social Work Society Officers
President 
Courtney Artis 

Vice President
Whitney Bullock

Secretary
Sharmain Monroe

Treasurer
Delores Brandon

Mr. Sociology/Social Work
Marcoln Anders

Ms. Sociology/Social Work
Brittney Whitaker 

Faculty Adviser
Dr. Andrea Johnson
andreaj@ncat.edu
336.285.2246