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Degree Requirements

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  • Sociology Major

    The sociology major prepares students for occupations in business, industry, government, and human service.


    The major is appropriate preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and law. The focus of sociology is on social forces, institutions, organizations, and how individuals interface with society. The student's personal growth can be achieved through understanding of the rich diversity of the modern world.

    Skills can be developed in oral and written communication, critical thinking, scientific research methods, statistics and computerized data analysis. The sociology major may specialize in concentrations in Family Studies or Pre-Law.

  • A World of Career Opportunities

    Upon graduation, you'll enter the job market with an edge on other well-qualified men and women who will be competing with you. As a sociology major, you will have a greater appreciation for cultural differences, the ability to examine situations analytically, and a number of people skills that are synonymous with earning a sociology degree.


    • Consumer Research
    • Motivational Research
    • Population Administration



    • Consumer Research
    • Customer Relations
    • Personnel Administration


    Medical Services

    • Addiction Research
    • Hospital Casework
    • Public Health


    Recreation and Travel

    • Consultant
    • Tour Guide
    • Travel Liaison


    Social Services And Government

    • Social Work
    • Community Planning and Development
    • Population Studies
  • General Education


    The General Education curriculum is much more than "required courses."

    These courses are required of all of our students because Longwood University firmly believes that the foundation of a classic liberal arts education is critical to the school's mission to "develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society." According to our Dean, Dr. Chuck Ross, "a classic liberal arts and sciences education gives students the foundation to fulfill their roles as citizen leaders, and adapt to the changing world in which we live."

    More information about the General Education Goals 1-15, and the courses you can take to satisfy these goals can be found in the current Undergraduate Catalog.


Sociology B.A. and B.S.


  • General Education Requirements - 38 credits
  • Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree - 6 credits
  • Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree – 6-7 credits
  • Major Requirements - 41 credits (Core Classes + Internship + Sociology Electives)

SOCL 101 (3) Principles of Sociology

SOCL 102 (3) Contemporary Social Problems

SOCL 233 (3) Race, Class, and Gender

SOCL 345 (3) Social Research

SOCL 346 (3) Basic Statistics

SOCL 389 (3) Sociological Theory  

SOCL 461 (3) Senior Seminar


  • Internship/Directed Study (choose 3 credits from the following; 1 credit fulfills Gen Ed Goal 14):

SOCL 490 (3) Directed Independent Study

SOCL 492 (3) Internship in Sociology

SOCL 498 (3) Honors Research in Sociology

  • Sociology Electives/18 credits:
  • General Electives – B.A. Degree/35 credits; B.S. Degree/34-35 credits




Advising Resources

2011 and subsequent catalogs:

Catalogs prior to 2011:

Course Rotation: