Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Department of Psychology and Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an optional concentration in Community and Criminal Justice. Sociology students learn how the theory and methods of sociology can lead to positive involvement in the local community and the world around us. At NDNU, Sociology students combine real-world community engagement experience with social scientific thinking.

The Sociology curriculum features culturally diverse course offerings that expand students’ knowledge of marginalized groups. Students learn how persistent issues of race, class, gender, and inequality can be investigated and how we can use a social science approach to bring about positive social change. The Community and Criminal Justice concentration examines the workings of the criminal justice system from a social science perspective, focusing on how the broader society is affected by issues of criminality.

Students earning the B.A. in Sociology have continued their education in graduate programs such as Boston College, Brown University, Santa Clara University, University of Hawaii, University of Maryland, and Columbia University. Other graduates have pursued careers fields such as: public health policy, animal rights advocacy, child and youth welfare, government, religious service, criminal justice, and social work.

Many graduates have also served in AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

Sociology/MPA Articulated Program

The Sociology/Community and Criminal Justice concentration articulates with NDNU’s Public Administration (MPA) graduate program. 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 six units in selected graduate courses that fulfill undergraduate major requirements while also counting towards the master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


NDNU Admissions

Gretchen Wehrle, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology


Stephen LaPlante, Lecturer

Jennifer Murphy, Ph.D., Lecturer

Don Stannard-Friel, Ph.D., Professor

Bobby Vaughn, Ph.D., Professor