Sociology (BA)

Students who study sociology are prepared for 21st century careers and other opportunities that focus on research and graduate training in sociology. Our curriculum is designed to develop and enhance essential transferable skills (Research & Project Development Skills, Analytical Skills, Interpersonal / Cross-Cultural Skills, Communication Skills) that will increase student success in a wide variety careers and post graduate opportunities.

Why Choose Sociology?

Sociology prepares you for 21st century careers and opportunities! The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology driven. In our increasingly diverse world, the study of sociology provides you with the following general skills that employers are seeking in 21st century workers: ability to formulate innovative ideas and develop solutions to complex problems; strong critical thinking skills; ethical judgement; ability to work in diverse teams; conduct research; do evidenced-based analysis. Twenty-first century careers take place in an increasingly diverse global society and being able to work effectively with a diverse population has become a basic work-place requirement. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in attempted coursework at Fayetteville State University is required for acceptance into the undergraduate degree program in Sociology. This restriction does not apply to transfer students.

The learning never stops in the field of sociology, and this is the reason I decided to major in it.
Evansha André
Department of Sociology, Junior
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What Will You Learn?

The Department of Sociology at FSU prepares students for a lifetime of change by developing their appreciation of diversity, knowledge base about human behavior, social organization, culture, and social change. Our department also helps students develop valuable transferable skills that are useful in their everyday lives and transferable to any job they obtain.

Discipline Specific Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main subfields of sociology through proficient performance in statistics, research methods, theory, demography, deviant behavior, social institutions, and social inequality/social processes.
  • Students will demonstrate application of sociological theories to various social issues.
  • Students will implement important components (statement of the problem, literature review, methods, references, citations) of the research process by designing a research project proposal.
  • Students will apply statistical strategies to social issues.

Important transferable skills learned in our department that employers find desirable:

Research & Project Developmental Skills-Analytical Skills-Interpersonal/Cross-Cultural Skills-Communication Skills

What Will You Do?

The good news for sociology majors is that your studies will be uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. There are many career opportunities available for sociology majors. (Read below)

Transferable Skills Learned in the Program

Research & Project Development Skills

  • Defining hypotheses
  • Applying theoretical approaches to research problems
  • Planning / designing projects
  • Gathering data
  • Interviewing
  • Working with research subjects
  • Translating theory into action

Analytical Skills

  • Reading critically
  • Interpreting data
  • Evaluating ideas / theories / evidence
  • Analyzing qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Reasoning logically
  • Conducting social analysis
  • Understanding components of complex problems

Interpersonal / Cross-Cultural Skills

  • Working as a team member
  • Motivating groups
  • Identifying cultural / social considerations
  • Assessing needs
  • Remaining sensitive to people and problems
  • Understanding human relationships
  • Representing / negotiating with others
  • Recognizing social processes
  • Understanding privilege, prejudice and discrimination

Communication Skills

  • Articulating / defending a position
  • Writing effectively
  • Presenting alternative explanations
  • Conveying complex information and ideas
  • Summarizing
  • Preparing reports
  • Speaking in public