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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 the Family Studies concentration.  Longwood's Sociology/Family Studies curriculum is the only undergraduate program in Virginia designated by the National Council on Family Relations s a Certified Family Life Educator curriculum.  This distinction allows students who complete the program an abbreviated track to becoming Certified Family Life Educators and gives them a competitive edge in pursuing careers working with families.

  • 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 - 38 credits (Core Classes + Internship + Sociology Electives):
   SOCL 101 (3) Principles of Sociology
   SOCL 102 (3) Contemporary Social Problems

   SOCL 233 (3) Introduction to Social Inequality and Difference
   SOCL 345 (3) Social Research and Program Evaluation
   SOCL 346 (3) Statistics for the Social Sciences
   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/38 credits; B.S. Degree/37-38 credits




Advising Resources

2015 and subsequent catalogs:

Catalogs prior to 2015:

Course Rotation: