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Welcome to the Sociology major at Longwood University! Families.  Communities.  Religion. Education.  Popular Culture.  Sports. The Environment.  Parenting. Aging. Diverse Populations.  Technology.  These topics, and many others, are examined in depth in the Sociology Major at Longwood.  The faculty in the department offers students enthusiastic, dynamic teaching, individualized attention, excellent academic advising, and challenging courses with high academic standards.   The small size of the sociology courses allows students to develop rapport with each other and form a strong bond. 

Do you like to work with people?  A sociology degree prepares students for a variety of career fields working with individuals and families in need.  Sociology majors also are well prepared to facilitate conflict resolution, problem solve, and interact with a variety of different people, making our graduates highly competitive for jobs in human resource management.  The background students receive in data collection and analysis allows our majors to conduct research and program evaluation for a variety of organizations. 

Students pursuing the sociology major at Longwood have the option of following the general curriculum, which gives students tremendous flexibility and variety in their course selection, or they can choose to focus their coursework in the area of family studies.  Students completing the Family Studies Concentration take a combination of classes in sociology, psychology and social work designed to prepare them to work in career fields that provide intervention, education, and preventative services to families. 

Regardless of the path you plan to pursue, the sociology major at Longwood University will give you the foundation you need for a successful, rewarding future.

Lee M. Bidwell, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Sociology Area Coordinator  


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  • Sociology Major

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

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    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.

    Family Studies Concentration

    Our Sociology/Family Studies curriculum is the only undergraduate program in Virginia designated by the National Council on Family Relations as 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.

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    For more information, check out our Family Studies Blog.


  • Sociology Minor


    The minor in Sociology gives students the ability to understand the complexities of today's society by examining human behavior and social actions.

    Minor Requirements/18 credits

       SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits
       SOCL 102 Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits

       SOCL 401 Sociological Theory/3 credits (fall semester)

       Sociology electives/12 credits

  • Student Opportunities



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