Sociology - B.A.

Please note that this program will not be offered on the Providence Campus until the 2020-2021 Academic Year and will not be offered during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Sociology bachelor's degree program develops in its graduates the sociological imagination: the ability to see connections between personal experiences and public issues. As students apply the sociological perspective widely across the human world, from small-scale groups to international institutions, they learn that they are not only lifelong participants in socialization, but are affected by those agents of socialization as well. The Sociology program curriculum equips students to answer questions about contemporary cultures, cities and inequalities, such as: How do new technologies affect social lives and cultures? What are the benefits and risks as millions of people move from rural to urban lives? How do inequalities of class, race and gender reinforce or sometimes contradict each other? Graduates are prepared to address the challenges posed by our increasingly global, diverse and urban world.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply sociological theories and research methods to various social issues.
  • Develop a sociological imagination and use it to explain, in the language of the profession, the correlates, causes and consequences of various social issues.
  • Examine the ways in which various social forces — i.e., individuals, groups, cultures and institutions — contribute to both social reproduction and social change.
  • Apply theories and methods to evaluate policies and programs at multiple levels of organizations: local, state, national and global.
  • Identify and explain sociologically informed possibilities and strategies for positive social change.

Students study sociological theories from the classical to the contemporary, and this informs their outlook and skill set. Core courses provide practice in research methods in their qualitative, quantitative and mixed forms. In addition to this training in the discipline, students develop analytic and expressive skills and an array of pragmatic tools, ranging from program evaluation to grant writing. With opportunities for experiential learning in internships or through study abroad, graduates of the Sociology degree program are well prepared to apply their perspective and skills across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and in pursuit of graduate studies.


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree

Major Courses
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
SOC1001Sociology I4.5
or SOC2005 Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities
SOC2620Classical Sociological Theories4.5
SOC3620Contemporary Sociological Theories4.5
SOC3720Intersecting Inequalities4.5
SOC3850Research Applications and Interventions4.5
SOC4900Capstone in Sociology4.5
Major Electives *
Choose six of the following courses (at least two at the 3000 level):27
Marketing Research
Sociology of Digital Environments
Sociology of Aging
Community Leadership: An Applied Sociology
Cultures of Africa
Honors Seminar: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Social Issues in Contemporary America
Sociology of the Family
Culture and Food
Cultural Tapestry: Perspectives in Diversity
Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Environmental Sociology
Gender in Global Perspective
Producing Culture, Societies and Selves: The Sociology of Culture in Global Perspective
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 13.5 credits from the following:13.5
College of Arts & Sciences Internship
Study Abroad
Language Studies
Professional Writing: ENG2010, ENG3012, ENG3016
Related Professional Studies
Arts & Sciences Electives13.5 credits with an EASC attribute selected from offerings within the College of Arts & Sciences.13.5
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Two courses from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences9
Cultural Anthropology
One course from ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at the 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.22.5
Total Credits181.0

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.