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The Psychology and Sociology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a minor in Sociology, and a certificate in Inner City Studies. Sociology majors may choose one of two paths to their degree.

  • General Sociology degree
  • Sociology degree with Community and Criminal Justice concentration


Sociology begins with the premise that human beings are social animals whose individual behaviors are shaped by the interaction that takes place in the groups to which they belong.

This perspective allows us to view the world beyond our immediate experiences and to recognize the relationship between our private lives and world events. Sociologists contend

that social environments shape human behavior and that alternately human beings are capable of changing social environments. As such, the Sociology major encourages direct involvement in communities of all kinds and ensures that ample opportunities to use sociology in community-based programs exist in our curriculum.


Students who major in Sociology at NDNU are prepared with the background to work with diverse populations in a variety of environments, including nonprofits, business, government, criminal justice, education, law, international relations, and arenas that foster the human-animal bond. A degree in Sociology also can lead directly to graduate study in numerous disciplines and professions.


Learning Outcomes

Through their studies in the NDNU Sociology department, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the network of relationships that produce values, beliefs, and actions
  • Identify and create connections between the individual (private issues), global events (public issues), and social justice
  • Utilize a systemic approach to analyze contemporary social problems and issues
  • Critique the functions of social services, social systems, and social institutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to question the obvious, to remove the blinders of the familiar, and to examine personal experiences and observations critically
  • Identify social needs and responses in the local communities. Students will identify the historical, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which these needs and responses arose.


Sociology/MPA Articulated Program

The Sociology/Community and Criminal Justice concentration articulates with NDNU’s graduate program in Public Administration (MPA). The qualified student applies in advance

of the last semester of undergraduate work to begin study for a master’s degree while completing the bachelor’s degree. The student is allowed to enroll in up to 6 units in selected graduate courses that fulfill undergraduate major requirements while also counting toward the master’s degree.


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.


Prerequisites                                                                                                  Units

SOC1001                   Introduction to Sociology                                               3

SOC1009                   Cultural Anthropology                                                    3

Total Prerequisites                                                                                        6

Major Requirements                                                                                     Units        

PSY2133                    Social Psychology                                                           3

SOC2110                   Sociological Theory                                                        3

SOC2117C                 Analyzing Social Settings (Capstone)                              4

SOC2401                   Race and Ethnicity                                                         3

SOC2741                   Social Class and Social Inequality                                   3

Total Required Courses                                                                                16

Community Engagement Option 1 or 2                                                     6-8

Option 1 – two courses:                                                                                        6

SOC2201C            Social Change through Social Service I (CE)

SOC2205C            Social Change through Social Service II (CE)

Option 2 – two courses from the following:                                                   8

SOC2502C             Exploring the Inner World of the Inner City (CDiv) (CE) (4)

SOC2504C             The Promise of the Inner City (CDiv) (CE) (4)

SOC2519C                         Streetwise Sociology (CDiv) (CE) (4)

SOC2527                Urban Sociology (CDiv) (4)

Other approved community engagement courses in sociology.

Total Major Core Course Requirements Units                                         22-24

Total Elective or Concentration Units                                                       12

Total Major Requirements                                                                           34-36

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                         82-84
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).


Total Unit Requirement                                                                               124


Elective or Concentration Options
In addition to the Prerequisites and Major Requirements, students will select one cluster of courses as their area of study or concentration:

  • General Sociology degree electives
  • Community and Criminal Justice concentration


General Sociology Degree Electives                                                          Units

Twelve elective units may be chosen from the following:                                 12

Any upper-division SOC course(s)

PSY2117    Conflict Resolution

PSY2309C Community Psychology (CE) (4)

Total Elective Units                                                                                          12            


Community and Criminal Justice Concentration                                     Units        

Twelve units are required in the concentration                                                 12

SOC2309          Criminology                                                                              3

SOC2317          Deviant Behavior                                                                     3

SOC2345          The Color of Crime: Race and Criminal Justice                        3

One of the following courses is required:                                                          3

SOC2333   Social Issues in the Community

SOC2341   Crime in America

SOC2349    Youth, Crime, and Society

SOC2425   Cultures, Communities, and Criminality (CDiv)
SOC2433   Cross Cultures and Subcultures

Total Concentration Units                                                                           12


Minor in Sociology


Minor Requirements                                                                                    Units

SOC1001                Introduction to Sociology                                                  3

Upper-division units in Sociology                                                                     12


Total Minor Units                                                                                         15



Minor in Community and Criminal Justice 


Minor Requirements                                                                                      Units

SOC1001               Introduction to Sociology                                                    3

SOC2309                Criminology                                                                         3

SOC2317                Deviant Behavior                                                                3

SOC2345                The Color of Crime: Race and Criminal Justice                    3

A minimum of 3 upper-division elective units from the following:                    3-4

BIO2124           Forensic Science (4)

PSC2320          The Constitution

SOC2333          Social Issues in the Community

SOC2349          Youth, Crime, and Society

SOC2357          Careers in Community and Criminal Justice (0.5)

SOC2425          Cultures, Communities, and Criminality (CDiv)

SOC2725          Social Problems (CDiv) (4)


Total Minor Units                                                                                           15-16


Certificate in Inner City Studies

The Sociology major offers a Certificate in Inner City Studies. The required classes utilize inner city resources and the expertise of community leaders and may include members of the Tenderloin community as regularly enrolled students.


Students wishing to earn this recognition are required to take a 16-unit course of study to include:


SOC2502C      Exploring the Inner World of the Inner City (CE)                    4

SOC2504C      Promise of the Inner City (CE)                                                 4

Plus 8 elective units from the following or other inner city                              8

community-based courses, approved by the Inner City
Program Advisor:

PSY2309C  Community Psychology (CE) (4)

SOC2117C Analyzing Social Settings (CE) (4)

SOC2519C Streetwise Sociology (CDiv) (CE) (4)

SOC2886    Special Topics*

*Must be approved by the Inner City Program advisor.

Total Certificate Units                                                                                  16



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