Your social science degree from Gardner-Webb University will help you develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world.

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A Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree will enable you to explore the forces and factors that influence culture and society. You’ll learn to think critically about human interaction both on an individual, person-to-person level as well as the broader relationships of governments and cultures.

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Within the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program, learning extends beyond the classroom environment. As a sociology major, you will participate in reality-based learning opportunities and gain real-life insight from field trips to sites such as group homes, courtrooms, and prisons. You will also be able to supplement your learning with an independent research seminar, an internship for academic credit, or an international experience through our study abroad program.

Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change.

Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change.

With a degree in social science, you’ll gain flexible skills in writing, research, and more giving you diverse career options in business, communication, education, research, writing, government, politics, and social work.

Many GWU alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and law school at universities like George Washington, George Mason, and UC Davis.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 33 hours of social science coursework in the major.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Social science majors are required to complete a minor, but may choose from any of the university’s minor offerings.

A minor in social science requires 18 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. Additional information about the minor, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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