About the Program

Sociology is the study of basic human traits, values and beliefs and how these concepts influence the behavior of individuals, groups, and society. Sociology students will develop a sociological perspective by actively questioning the way our society operates and why the social structure provides privilege for some while disadvantaging others.

Susan Mead
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., Agnes Scott College
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Peg Wimmer
Peg Wimmer
Adjunct Instructor of Sociology
A.A.S., New River Community College
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Sociology curriculum may include:

  • Social Problems
  • US Cultural Diversity
  • Marriage and Family
  • Field Based Case Study Research
  • Eco-Social Justice

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog for Public Sociology Emphasis, B.A./B.S. or Research Development Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

Throughout the senior capstone year, Sociology majors will engage with community agencies to practice strong communication skills, critical thinking, and ethical problem solving. While engaging in these partnerships they will identify a topic related to the needs of the agency to be investigated through scientific research in a combination of concurrent courses: SOC 391, SOC 370, and SOC 470.

Sociology graduates are equipped with skills that prepare them to enter the workforce in advanced entry-level positions which require applicants to provide data entry, people management, and/or investigative research.

According to the Economic Development and Employer Planning System (EDEPS) 4516B Sociology: Sociology graduates who go on to a graduate level degree may expect:

  • With a Master’s Degree the National Median Wage was $38,640 in 2018.
    Including those self-employed as Consultants or Survey Professionals (10.9%)
  • With a Doctoral or professional degree, the National Median Wage was $51,960 in 2018. Many of these individuals are employed in Postsecondary Education which has seen a career growth rate that is faster than the average.