Learning extends beyond the classroom environment.

Studying sociology 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.


What You’ll Learn

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.

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University General Education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of sociology courses and 15–20 required minor hours. Minors within the department of social sciences are offered in Museum Studies, History, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Sociology.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Second Major in Sociology

A student seeking a second major in any field of study offered by the Department of Social Sciences must meet the criteria outlined in the relevant description of each major.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Sociology Minor

A minor in Sociology requires students to take Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 201) and 15 credit hours of sociology electives, for a total of 18 credit hours of coursework.

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

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.

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