Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The Department of Psychology and Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with two emphases: general sociology and community and criminal justice. Regardless of emphasis, 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: reveals 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 emphasis 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 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology have continued their education in graduate programs such as Boston College, Brown University, University of Kansas, University of Hawaii, University of Maryland and Columbia University. Other graduates have pursued careers in business, including real estate; public health policy; child and youth welfare; animal rights advocacy; homelessness and disabilities specialties; religious service; medical social work; government and criminal justice. Many have spent time in AmeriCorps and some in the Peace Corp.
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.
NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.
Gretchen Wehrle, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology