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.
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 study abroad.
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 your degree in sociology, you can pursue meaningful careers in a number of fields. You can find employment in places such as non-profit organizations dealing with social justice issues, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics, mental health centers, rehab centers, community centers, juvenile facilities, or programs focusing on areas such as child welfare or family counseling.
We are proud of our sociology alumni. We have graduates serving in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Americorps. We have graduates who have continued on to graduate programs such as forensic psychology. We have others who have become police offices, child protective service case managers, group home case managers, social workers and coaches.
In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of sociology coursework in the major.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
Sociology majors are required to complete a minor, but may choose from any of the university’s minor offerings.
A minor in sociology 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.