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Majors & Concentrations

  • Sociology (BA) U221
  • Sociology (BA) (High Sch Lic) U223
  • Sociology: Criminology (BA) U222

About the Major

  • The Sociology major provides students with strong foundations in research skills, writing, and research methods. Sociological knowledge is valuable in helping students better understand the global society in which they learn and work. The sociology major provides students with an understanding of the fundamental processes of social interaction that underlie all social organization and change. The "sociological imagination" helps students to understand how social structures and processes shape social life and how sociological analysis and empirical research are used as tools of understanding.
  • The Criminology concentration is designed to provide students with a sociological understanding of criminal and deviant behavior and the formal and informal strategies for controlling crime. The undergraduate concentration also includes a strong foundation in research methods, data analysis, and theory essential for students interested in careers in the administration of justice or those who intend to pursue graduate studies.

What's unique about Sociology at UNCG?

  • Students receive hands-on advising from tenured faculty and adjunct faculty, thus receiving personal attention from the time they declare a sociology major.
  • Faculty members add an international flavor to the department through studies in Cameroon, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan, and Russia.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

Student Opportunities

  • Internships are available to sociology students who meet the department's GPA requirement.
  • Internships exist in a variety of public and private organizations. Interns have worked at a battered women's shelter and the Guilford County Department of Public Health, and assisted the city of King, N.C., with installation of a new crime-mapping system.
  • Honors courses and study abroad are available.
  • Opportunities are available to complete research with faculty members.


Graduates work throughout the public and private sectors in sales and supervision, as officers of the court, counselors, human resource managers, market researchers, and public relations professionals. Specific career opportunities (some of which require advanced degrees, such as M.A., Ph.D., or J.D.) pursued by our graduates include:

  • Producer for CNN in Atlanta
  • Chief of staff to the governor of Vermont
  • Attorney in domestic/family law for Cahoon & Swisher in Pleasant Garden, N.C.
  • CEO/president for Sterling International Management Recruitment
  • Associate vice chancellor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Vice president of operations for Greensboro Trade Coatings Inc.
  • Residential counselor for Youth Opportunities Inc. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Marketing and grant preparation, Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Services
  • Director of research, Family Medicine Department, Cone Health Care Systems
  • Research associate, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Federal probation officer
  • Field organizer, Greenpeace USA
  • Instructor, Guilford Technical Community College and Alamance Community College
  • Associate professor, University of Toronto, University of Memphis, Florida State University

Some graduates (B.A. and M.A.) have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as these:

  • University of Maryland
  • Purdue University
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Minnesota
  • Indiana University
  • Kent State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Chicago

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • Close affiliations with the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Southern Sociological Society.
  • Founder, North Carolina Sociological Society (provided organization’s first president and four others).
  • Two faculty members have held the presidency of the Southern Sociological Society.

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