2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, BA or BS; Family Science Concentration

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The objective of the sociology major is to prepare 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.

Family science is the scientific study of families and close interpersonal relationships. The Family Science concentration within the sociology major is designed to prepare students to serve and work with families across communities by offering preventative programs and identifying resources to promote healthy, resilient families.  The Family Science concentration is 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 path to becoming Certified Family Life Educators and gives them a competitive edge in pursuing careers working with families.

Current Longwood students with a GPA below 2.00 will not be accepted as Sociology majors. Students may reapply after their GPA has increased to 2.00.

Civitae Core Requirement (39-40 credits)

Civitae Core Curriculum   

Sociology majors may count Civitae Core courses satisfying major requirements as also satisfying their respective Civitae Core requirements, up to two Pillar courses and one Perspectives course  (If doing so would otherwise decrease the total credits required for the degree below 120, general elective credit must be substitute to restore the total). 

The following courses in this major may be used in this way:

  • SOCL 105  can satisfy the Human Behavior and Social Institutions Pillar requirement 

Additional Degree Requirements

Additional Degree Requirements for BA: 3 credits

Additional Degree Requirements for BS: 3-4 credits

No grade below C- is accepted for graduation in major coursework

General Electives

General Electives for BA Degree (32-33 credits)

General Electives for BS Degree (31-33 credits)

Total Credits Required

BA or BS in Sociology with a Concentration in Family Studies 120

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