Sociology is the study of human interaction. Courses in sociology provide the student with the background and analytical skills needed to understand social institutions and social change. The major in sociology offers a general education directed toward understanding the complexities of modern society using theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. The sociology major offers two concentrations: sociology and applied sociology. Students who choose the traditional sociology concentration will have a strong foundation in research methods and writing-intensive courses. Upon graduation, these students will be prepared for graduate training in sociology and related fields. Students who choose the applied sociology concentration will apply sociological concepts and practices in different environments through interdisciplinary coursework. Upon graduation, these students will be prepared for entering careers in human services, community organizations, and other social services fields. 

Overview

Sociology is the study of human behavior in society. The “sociological imagination,” which is a term for understanding the effects of social forces on individuals and groups, enables students to better understand the effects of race, gender, social class, and social institutions in contemporary society. Majors earn a general understanding of the complexities of today's society and its social problems through basic research and statistical skills, preparing them for graduate study in sociology or for careers dealing with people and social institutions.

Your Program 

Courses in sociology give you the background and analytical skills needed to understand social institutions and social change. The sociology major requires courses in sociological theory, critical analysis, research methods, and statistics. Two core electives are selected from among courses dealing with gender, race, and stratification in preparation for the Senior Seminar. Other electives include such courses as Urban Sociology, Aging, Criminology, Community Social Service Systems and Methods, and the Sociology of Mass Media. Special Topics courses, such as Globalization and Women and Reproduction, are offered regularly to provide you with the opportunity to take classes that are not a regular part of the curriculum. If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher you may earn Departmental Honors by completing two honors independent study courses in which an individual research project is designed and carried out.

Your Experience

As a sociology major, you seek an understanding of your world and its processes. You will be part of a department that includes both traditional-age students and continuing studies students. Our majors are also diverse in terms of race and national origin. You may choose to combine this major with a minor or second major in a related field such as communication, psychology, teacher preparation, not-for-profit management, or business. Our classes are scheduled both during the day and in the evening, enabling employed adults to complete the major entirely in evening.

Your Faculty

Faculty members in the Sociology Department are committed to the academic excellence of the program and to the success of their students. Small classes and faculty accessibility are key components of an enhanced educational experience. 

Your Results

With a degree in sociology, you will be able to join other Salem students who have gone on to graduate schools. Some of the schools attended by recent graduates include Syracuse University, George Washington University, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Sociology majors have pursued graduate degrees in sociology, social work, counseling, education, law, public policy/public administration, and allied health fields. 

Many sociology graduates go directly into human service positions; into teaching (in combination with Salem's teacher preparation program); or into positions in business or health services. Some examples from recent graduates are: project manager for Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; public affairs officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS; attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina; house manager for Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem; and director of admissions, Salem Academy.

Major/Minor

Sociology Major (BA)

The major in sociology requires a minimum of eleven courses, or thirty-three semester hours. Fifteen semester hours must be taken at Salem, including SOCI 380 or SOCI 390, the senior capstone courses. Students majoring in sociology must choose a concentration: “sociology” or “applied sociology.”

Required core courses for both concentrations:

  • SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

Sociology concentration requirements:
Required courses for sociology concentration:

  • SOCI 216. Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 380. Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 hrs)

Select five additional elective courses from:

  • Any SOCI course (3 hrs min.)
  • CRST 150. Deviance (3 hrs)
  • CRST 160. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hrs)
  • MATH 242. Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3 hrs)

Applied sociology concentration requirements:

Required courses for applied sociology concentration:

  • SOCI 204. Analysis of Social Issues (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 390. Applied Sociology Capstone (3 hrs)

Select five additional elective courses from the list below. Courses must be at least three semester hours. 

To encourage interdisciplinary applications, no more than two courses, worth at least three semester hours from a single discipline will count toward the elective in this concentration.

  • Any SOCI course (3 hrs min.)
  • ARMN 100. Introduction to Arts Management (3 hrs) 
  • ARMN 110. The Arts in the Community (3 hrs)
  • ARTD 040. Graphic Design and Communication* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 209. Digital Design* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 210. Web Design and Development* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 261. Computer Graphic Application* (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 070. Issues in Biology for Women (3 hrs)
  • BIOL 210. Ecology (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 260. Conservation Biology (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 111. Management Information Systems (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 124/PHIL 124. Business Ethics (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 201. Principles of Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 202. Sport Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 205. Health Care Organization and Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 306. Health Care Policy and Strategy (3 hrs)
  • COMM 120. Oral Communication(3 hrs)
  • COMM 180. Visual Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 225. Persuasion, Culture and Sustainability (3 hrs)
  • COMM 321. Community Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 322. Campaign Communication (3 hrs)
  • CRST 110. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hrs)
  • CRST 150. Deviance (3 hrs)
  • CRST 160. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hrs)
  • CRST 170. Crime and Punishment (3 hrs)
  • ECON 100. Principles of Economics (4 hrs)
  • ECON 201. Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy (3 hrs)
  • ECON 205. Labor Economics (3 hrs)
  • ECON 220. Intermediate Microeconomics (3 hrs)
  • ECON 310. Current Issues in Economics (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 112. Social and Historical Foundations of Education (3 hrs)
  • ENTR 120. Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)
  • ENTR 310. Entrepreneurship: Managing Technology and Innovation (3 hrs)
  • ENVS 100. Introductory Environmental Studies (3 hrs)
  • ENVS 210. Geographic Information Systems (4 hrs)
  • ENVS 230. The Role of Coal in Society (4 hrs)
  • EXER 210. Nutrition (3 hrs)
  • EXER 260. Sport in Society (3 hrs)
  • HIST 211. Public History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
  • HIST 219. The United States and the World (3 hrs)
  • HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • MKTG 230. Principles of Marketing (3 hrs)
  • MKTG 231. Marketing Research Methods (4 hrs)
  • MKTG 235. Service Marketing (4 hrs)
  • NFPM 100. The Not-for-Profit Corporation (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 150. Web-Based Marketing and Fundraising Tools (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 160. Non-Governmental Organizations (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 170. Financial Management for Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 180. Volunteer Management (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 250. Not-for-Profit Fundraising (4 hrs)
  • NFPM 301. Organizational Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 310. Not-for-Profit Management and Governance (4 hrs)
  • POLI 105. Introduction to Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 110. Introduction to International Relations (3 hrs)
  • POLI 120. American Politics and Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 145. Politics and Society (3 hrs)
  • POLI 150. Public Policy Analysis (3 hrs)
  • POLI 160. Gender, Politics, and Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 205. National Model United Nations (3 hrs)
  • POLI 220. Ethics and Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 225. International Security (3 hrs)
  • POLI 230. State, Regional and Local Government Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 235. International Political Geography (3 hrs)
  • POLI 240. American Foreign Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 245. International Development (3 hrs)
  • POLI 260. The Political Economy of the State (3 hrs)
  • POLI 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 230. Historic Preservation (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 240. Preservation-Sensitive Sustainable Design (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 160. Human Sexuality (3 hrs)
  • RELI 240. Religion in America (3 hrs)
  • RELI 266. Religion and Ethics (3 hrs)
  • WMST 204. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 210. Feminist Theory: Lenses and Methodologies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 240. Women’s Activism and Advocacy (3 hrs)

*Students interested in ARTD courses are advised to take one of the following two-course sequences:

Graphic Design

  • ARTD 040. Graphic Design and Communication (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 261. Computer Graphics Application (4 hrs)

Digital Design

  • ARTD 209. Digital Design (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 210. Web Design (4 hrs)

or

Historic and Sustainable Design

  • ARTD 206. Historic Preservation (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 240. Preservation-sensitive Sustainable Design (3 hrs) 

 

Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology requires the completion of six courses:

Required core courses:

  • SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)

Three additional SOCI electives (excluding SOCI 275), or CRST 150, or CRST160 (9 hrs min.)

At least nine semester hours toward the minor must be taken at Salem. 

Courses

SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)

The concepts, theories, and methods that form the core of the sociological perspective on human social behavior, including such topics as structure, social process, socialization, and culture. (SS)

SOCI 130. Making Change: Public Policy, Advocacy and Grassroots Organizing (3 hrs)

An introduction to public policy and to the means of effecting change in it. The principal focus of the course will be on lobbying, advocacy, and grassroots organizing as tools for influencing public policy. Cross-listed as NFPM 130. (SL)

SOCI 140. Social Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)

An introduction to the creation of enduring change in social systems. The course will present historical models of social entrepreneurs as well as contemporary examples. Emphasis will be placed upon the transferable lessons that those examples represent. The subset of social entrepreneurship that emphasizes fiscal sustainability will also be presented. Cross-listed as NFPM 140.

SOCI 200. Independent Study in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average and permission of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of eight semester hours over two semesters, the maximum in any one term being four semester hours. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)

Contemporary theoretical perspectives are studied in relation to past theoretical development. The implications of the current sociological theory for the development of sociology as a discipline are emphasized. Prerequisite: SOCI 100.

SOCI 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)

A socio-historical analysis of the interaction of racial and ethnic groups and the American environment. This will include the social, economic, and political aspects of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. (GA)

SOCI 204. Analysis of Social Issues (3 hrs)

This course introduces a range of sociological topics through a critical lens. It is designed to prepare students for studying the specialized areas of sociology related to social problems. It is a writing-intensive course that will develop skills in researching scholarly sources, organizing academic literature, and using proper citation and formatting guidelines. The course includes oral presentation components. Prerequisite: SOCI 100.

SOCI 205. Social Psychology (3 hrs)

An analysis of various current theories, topics, and research methodologies in social psychology. Some of the topics covered include social perception, impression formation, attraction, pro-social and anti-social interpersonal behavior, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, social roles, group influence on behavior, group dynamics, leadership, and social ecology. Cross-listed as PSYC 130. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor.

SOCI 208. Sociology of the Mass Media (3 hrs)

The process, structure, content, and effects of mass communication will be studied. Contemporary issues surrounding mass communication will be considered as well as the relationship between mass media organizations and other social institutions.

SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)

Methodological and theoretical approaches in the analysis of social phenomena, including theory building. Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or CRST 100 or permission of department chair. Required of all sociology majors.

SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

The principles and methods for collecting and analyzing social data. Emphasis on tests of hypotheses; parametric and non-parametric techniques; multivariate analysis; data transformation and manipulation. Use of examples from sociology. Prerequisite: a college level math course. (QI)

SOCI 216. Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)

This course examines qualitative methods in sociology, such as interviewing, content analysis, ethnography, and historical analysis. Emphasis will include reviewing data collection and data analysis strategies common in qualitative approaches. Prerequisites: SOCI 100 and SOCI 210; or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 220. Social Stratification (3 hrs)

Systems of social inequality (stratification) in human societies with emphasis on the nature, causes, and consequences of social inequality in American society.

SOCI 222. Women and Reproduction (3 hrs)

This course considers the issue of reproduction in women’s lives. Using a feminist perspective, which assumes that women have a right to access to the full range of information available on aspects of women’s reproductive health, this course examines such issues as body image, sexuality, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Students will examine social and cultural factors that affect current medical approaches to obstetrical care and other aspects of women’s health in the United States. (WS)

SOCI 230. Sociology of Gender (3 hrs)

Causes and consequences of behavioral expectations associated with masculine and feminine gender roles in modern societies. Emphasis is given to social learning, role conflict, and social movements associated with social inequalities related to sex status. (WS)

SOCI 232. Marriage and the Family (3 hrs)

The institution of marriage and the family in various societies with special emphasis on the contemporary American family. (WS)

SOCI 240. Globalization and Global Inequities (3 hrs)

This course addresses globalization both locally and internationally, exploring issues of global governance, global inequality, low-wage economics and the transnationalization of the globe. This course examines power differentials among nations, examining why some countries benefit from globalization while others do not. It acknowledges that globalization is more than an economic process and has deep implication for social, cultural, and political systems around the world.

SOCI 252. Sociology of Aging (3 hrs)

An examination of the major theories of aging, the demography of aging, and the influence of longevity on social issues.

SOCI 261. Sociology of Sexuality  (3 hrs)

This course examines sexuality as socially constructed and socially controlled. Topics may include methodological and ethical issues in sex research, representations of sex media, sex education programs, sexual violence, sex work, and diverse meanings of sexual bodies and practices.

SOCI 262. Sociology of the Body (3 hrs)

This course studies the body and embodiment through a sociological lens. Students will critically examine how the body affects the social world, and how one’s social world affects the body. Topics may include gendered embodiment, understanding social stratification on the body, medicalization and pathologization of the body, disabilities studies, and bodily transformations.

SOCI 270. Criminology (3 hrs)

This course examines crime and deviance from a sociological perspective. It looks critically at correlates of crime, the prevalence of crime, and crime control. This course provides a greater understanding of theoretical and social explanations of crime, how crime is measured and studied, the social costs of crime, and solutions to the problems of crime. Cross-listed with CRST 100.

SOCI 275. Internship in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; maximum credit per term is one course; admission by application only.

SOCI 280. Urban Community (3 hrs)

This course will examine the design of urban public space and the major demographic features of contemporary cities. It considers the impact that neighborhood context has on crime and criminal behavior. The development and structure of neighborhoods will be explored in relation to informal social control mechanisms in terms of socialization patterns of group membership and social cohesion; and formal social control mechanisms of law enforcement, the court system, and the corrections system.

SOCI 290. Honors Independent Study in Sociology (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 average in sociology, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours over two semesters, the maximum in any one term being four semester hours.

SOCI 310. Special Topics in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

Contemporary issues in sociology. This course consists of intensive study of current topics in the field of sociology.

SOCI 380. Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 hrs)

The senior seminar provides a capstone experience for students, applying a sociological perspective to contemporary social issues. This course requires a major research paper. Enrollment is limited to majors with senior standing or permission of the department chair.

SOCI 390. Applied Sociology Capstone (3 hrs)

The applied sociology capstone course provides students with an experiential learning opportunity where they can apply their sociological skills to a community organization. Class includes a service learning project which will culminate in a portfolio and oral presentation. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and senior standing; or permission of instructor. (SL)

Internships

Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center 

S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse Now) 

The Children's Home 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public School System 

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery 

Winston-Salem Police Department 

Juvenile Justice Council 

Guardian ad Litem Program 

Winston-Salem Urban League 

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness 

Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice 

Winston-Salem Institute for Dismantling Racism 

Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition 

The Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina 

Ronald McDonald House 

C.H.A.N.G.E. 

The Family Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, State of South Carolina

Success Stories
Our sociology faculty are a brilliant group of folks with diverse interests and specialties. These research areas range from social inequalities related to race, class, and gender, to the study of midwifery and cultures of motherhood, to the relationships between gender and the pursuit of cosmetic surgery. Students, too, are engaged in vibrant dialogue and research. I had the pleasure of interning at a not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, as an outreach coordinator and attorney’s aide. If you envision yourself pursuing a passion for non-profit work, community organizing, social work, advocacy, teaching, public health (and so many more), you should definitely consider exploring sociology.
Elis Herman

Class Year: 2014

Major: Sociology

Career: Teaching environmental and social justice to teenagers in California

Sociology is the study of human behavior in society. The “sociological imagination,” which is a term for understanding the effects of social forces on individuals and groups, enables students to better understand the effects of race, gender, social class, and social institutions in contemporary society. Majors earn a general understanding of the complexities of today's society and its social problems through basic research and statistical skills, preparing them for graduate study in sociology or for careers dealing with people and social institutions.

Your Program 

Courses in sociology give you the background and analytical skills needed to understand social institutions and social change. The sociology major requires courses in sociological theory, critical analysis, research methods, and statistics. Two core electives are selected from among courses dealing with gender, race, and stratification in preparation for the Senior Seminar. Other electives include such courses as Urban Sociology, Aging, Criminology, Community Social Service Systems and Methods, and the Sociology of Mass Media. Special Topics courses, such as Globalization and Women and Reproduction, are offered regularly to provide you with the opportunity to take classes that are not a regular part of the curriculum. If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher you may earn Departmental Honors by completing two honors independent study courses in which an individual research project is designed and carried out.

Your Experience

As a sociology major, you seek an understanding of your world and its processes. You will be part of a department that includes both traditional-age students and continuing studies students. Our majors are also diverse in terms of race and national origin. You may choose to combine this major with a minor or second major in a related field such as communication, psychology, teacher preparation, not-for-profit management, or business. Our classes are scheduled both during the day and in the evening, enabling employed adults to complete the major entirely in evening.

Your Faculty

Faculty members in the Sociology Department are committed to the academic excellence of the program and to the success of their students. Small classes and faculty accessibility are key components of an enhanced educational experience. 

Your Results

With a degree in sociology, you will be able to join other Salem students who have gone on to graduate schools. Some of the schools attended by recent graduates include Syracuse University, George Washington University, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Sociology majors have pursued graduate degrees in sociology, social work, counseling, education, law, public policy/public administration, and allied health fields. 

Many sociology graduates go directly into human service positions; into teaching (in combination with Salem's teacher preparation program); or into positions in business or health services. Some examples from recent graduates are: project manager for Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; public affairs officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS; attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina; house manager for Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem; and director of admissions, Salem Academy.

Sociology Major (BA)

The major in sociology requires a minimum of eleven courses, or thirty-three semester hours. Fifteen semester hours must be taken at Salem, including SOCI 380 or SOCI 390, the senior capstone courses. Students majoring in sociology must choose a concentration: “sociology” or “applied sociology.”

Required core courses for both concentrations:

  • SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

Sociology concentration requirements:
Required courses for sociology concentration:

  • SOCI 216. Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 380. Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 hrs)

Select five additional elective courses from:

  • Any SOCI course (3 hrs min.)
  • CRST 150. Deviance (3 hrs)
  • CRST 160. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hrs)
  • MATH 242. Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3 hrs)

Applied sociology concentration requirements:

Required courses for applied sociology concentration:

  • SOCI 204. Analysis of Social Issues (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 390. Applied Sociology Capstone (3 hrs)

Select five additional elective courses from the list below. Courses must be at least three semester hours. 

To encourage interdisciplinary applications, no more than two courses, worth at least three semester hours from a single discipline will count toward the elective in this concentration.

  • Any SOCI course (3 hrs min.)
  • ARMN 100. Introduction to Arts Management (3 hrs) 
  • ARMN 110. The Arts in the Community (3 hrs)
  • ARTD 040. Graphic Design and Communication* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 209. Digital Design* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 210. Web Design and Development* (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 261. Computer Graphic Application* (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 070. Issues in Biology for Women (3 hrs)
  • BIOL 210. Ecology (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 260. Conservation Biology (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 111. Management Information Systems (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 124/PHIL 124. Business Ethics (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 201. Principles of Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 202. Sport Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 205. Health Care Organization and Management (3 hrs)
  • BUAD 306. Health Care Policy and Strategy (3 hrs)
  • COMM 120. Oral Communication(3 hrs)
  • COMM 180. Visual Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 225. Persuasion, Culture and Sustainability (3 hrs)
  • COMM 321. Community Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 322. Campaign Communication (3 hrs)
  • CRST 110. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hrs)
  • CRST 150. Deviance (3 hrs)
  • CRST 160. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hrs)
  • CRST 170. Crime and Punishment (3 hrs)
  • ECON 100. Principles of Economics (4 hrs)
  • ECON 201. Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy (3 hrs)
  • ECON 205. Labor Economics (3 hrs)
  • ECON 220. Intermediate Microeconomics (3 hrs)
  • ECON 310. Current Issues in Economics (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 112. Social and Historical Foundations of Education (3 hrs)
  • ENTR 120. Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)
  • ENTR 310. Entrepreneurship: Managing Technology and Innovation (3 hrs)
  • ENVS 100. Introductory Environmental Studies (3 hrs)
  • ENVS 210. Geographic Information Systems (4 hrs)
  • ENVS 230. The Role of Coal in Society (4 hrs)
  • EXER 210. Nutrition (3 hrs)
  • EXER 260. Sport in Society (3 hrs)
  • HIST 211. Public History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
  • HIST 219. The United States and the World (3 hrs)
  • HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • MKTG 230. Principles of Marketing (3 hrs)
  • MKTG 231. Marketing Research Methods (4 hrs)
  • MKTG 235. Service Marketing (4 hrs)
  • NFPM 100. The Not-for-Profit Corporation (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 150. Web-Based Marketing and Fundraising Tools (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 160. Non-Governmental Organizations (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 170. Financial Management for Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 180. Volunteer Management (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 250. Not-for-Profit Fundraising (4 hrs)
  • NFPM 301. Organizational Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)
  • NFPM 310. Not-for-Profit Management and Governance (4 hrs)
  • POLI 105. Introduction to Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 110. Introduction to International Relations (3 hrs)
  • POLI 120. American Politics and Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 145. Politics and Society (3 hrs)
  • POLI 150. Public Policy Analysis (3 hrs)
  • POLI 160. Gender, Politics, and Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 205. National Model United Nations (3 hrs)
  • POLI 220. Ethics and Public Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 225. International Security (3 hrs)
  • POLI 230. State, Regional and Local Government Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 235. International Political Geography (3 hrs)
  • POLI 240. American Foreign Policy (3 hrs)
  • POLI 245. International Development (3 hrs)
  • POLI 260. The Political Economy of the State (3 hrs)
  • POLI 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 230. Historic Preservation (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 240. Preservation-Sensitive Sustainable Design (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 160. Human Sexuality (3 hrs)
  • RELI 240. Religion in America (3 hrs)
  • RELI 266. Religion and Ethics (3 hrs)
  • WMST 204. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 210. Feminist Theory: Lenses and Methodologies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 240. Women’s Activism and Advocacy (3 hrs)

*Students interested in ARTD courses are advised to take one of the following two-course sequences:

Graphic Design

  • ARTD 040. Graphic Design and Communication (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 261. Computer Graphics Application (4 hrs)

Digital Design

  • ARTD 209. Digital Design (4 hrs)
  • ARTD 210. Web Design (4 hrs)

or

Historic and Sustainable Design

  • ARTD 206. Historic Preservation (3 hrs)
  • PRSV 240. Preservation-sensitive Sustainable Design (3 hrs) 

 

Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology requires the completion of six courses:

Required core courses:

  • SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)

Three additional SOCI electives (excluding SOCI 275), or CRST 150, or CRST160 (9 hrs min.)

At least nine semester hours toward the minor must be taken at Salem. 

SOCI 100. Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)

The concepts, theories, and methods that form the core of the sociological perspective on human social behavior, including such topics as structure, social process, socialization, and culture. (SS)

SOCI 130. Making Change: Public Policy, Advocacy and Grassroots Organizing (3 hrs)

An introduction to public policy and to the means of effecting change in it. The principal focus of the course will be on lobbying, advocacy, and grassroots organizing as tools for influencing public policy. Cross-listed as NFPM 130. (SL)

SOCI 140. Social Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)

An introduction to the creation of enduring change in social systems. The course will present historical models of social entrepreneurs as well as contemporary examples. Emphasis will be placed upon the transferable lessons that those examples represent. The subset of social entrepreneurship that emphasizes fiscal sustainability will also be presented. Cross-listed as NFPM 140.

SOCI 200. Independent Study in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average and permission of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of eight semester hours over two semesters, the maximum in any one term being four semester hours. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

SOCI 201. Sociological Theory (3 hrs)

Contemporary theoretical perspectives are studied in relation to past theoretical development. The implications of the current sociological theory for the development of sociology as a discipline are emphasized. Prerequisite: SOCI 100.

SOCI 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)

A socio-historical analysis of the interaction of racial and ethnic groups and the American environment. This will include the social, economic, and political aspects of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. (GA)

SOCI 204. Analysis of Social Issues (3 hrs)

This course introduces a range of sociological topics through a critical lens. It is designed to prepare students for studying the specialized areas of sociology related to social problems. It is a writing-intensive course that will develop skills in researching scholarly sources, organizing academic literature, and using proper citation and formatting guidelines. The course includes oral presentation components. Prerequisite: SOCI 100.

SOCI 205. Social Psychology (3 hrs)

An analysis of various current theories, topics, and research methodologies in social psychology. Some of the topics covered include social perception, impression formation, attraction, pro-social and anti-social interpersonal behavior, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, social roles, group influence on behavior, group dynamics, leadership, and social ecology. Cross-listed as PSYC 130. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor.

SOCI 208. Sociology of the Mass Media (3 hrs)

The process, structure, content, and effects of mass communication will be studied. Contemporary issues surrounding mass communication will be considered as well as the relationship between mass media organizations and other social institutions.

SOCI 210. Sociology Research Methods (3 hrs)

Methodological and theoretical approaches in the analysis of social phenomena, including theory building. Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or CRST 100 or permission of department chair. Required of all sociology majors.

SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

The principles and methods for collecting and analyzing social data. Emphasis on tests of hypotheses; parametric and non-parametric techniques; multivariate analysis; data transformation and manipulation. Use of examples from sociology. Prerequisite: a college level math course. (QI)

SOCI 216. Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)

This course examines qualitative methods in sociology, such as interviewing, content analysis, ethnography, and historical analysis. Emphasis will include reviewing data collection and data analysis strategies common in qualitative approaches. Prerequisites: SOCI 100 and SOCI 210; or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 220. Social Stratification (3 hrs)

Systems of social inequality (stratification) in human societies with emphasis on the nature, causes, and consequences of social inequality in American society.

SOCI 222. Women and Reproduction (3 hrs)

This course considers the issue of reproduction in women’s lives. Using a feminist perspective, which assumes that women have a right to access to the full range of information available on aspects of women’s reproductive health, this course examines such issues as body image, sexuality, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Students will examine social and cultural factors that affect current medical approaches to obstetrical care and other aspects of women’s health in the United States. (WS)

SOCI 230. Sociology of Gender (3 hrs)

Causes and consequences of behavioral expectations associated with masculine and feminine gender roles in modern societies. Emphasis is given to social learning, role conflict, and social movements associated with social inequalities related to sex status. (WS)

SOCI 232. Marriage and the Family (3 hrs)

The institution of marriage and the family in various societies with special emphasis on the contemporary American family. (WS)

SOCI 240. Globalization and Global Inequities (3 hrs)

This course addresses globalization both locally and internationally, exploring issues of global governance, global inequality, low-wage economics and the transnationalization of the globe. This course examines power differentials among nations, examining why some countries benefit from globalization while others do not. It acknowledges that globalization is more than an economic process and has deep implication for social, cultural, and political systems around the world.

SOCI 252. Sociology of Aging (3 hrs)

An examination of the major theories of aging, the demography of aging, and the influence of longevity on social issues.

SOCI 261. Sociology of Sexuality  (3 hrs)

This course examines sexuality as socially constructed and socially controlled. Topics may include methodological and ethical issues in sex research, representations of sex media, sex education programs, sexual violence, sex work, and diverse meanings of sexual bodies and practices.

SOCI 262. Sociology of the Body (3 hrs)

This course studies the body and embodiment through a sociological lens. Students will critically examine how the body affects the social world, and how one’s social world affects the body. Topics may include gendered embodiment, understanding social stratification on the body, medicalization and pathologization of the body, disabilities studies, and bodily transformations.

SOCI 270. Criminology (3 hrs)

This course examines crime and deviance from a sociological perspective. It looks critically at correlates of crime, the prevalence of crime, and crime control. This course provides a greater understanding of theoretical and social explanations of crime, how crime is measured and studied, the social costs of crime, and solutions to the problems of crime. Cross-listed with CRST 100.

SOCI 275. Internship in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; maximum credit per term is one course; admission by application only.

SOCI 280. Urban Community (3 hrs)

This course will examine the design of urban public space and the major demographic features of contemporary cities. It considers the impact that neighborhood context has on crime and criminal behavior. The development and structure of neighborhoods will be explored in relation to informal social control mechanisms in terms of socialization patterns of group membership and social cohesion; and formal social control mechanisms of law enforcement, the court system, and the corrections system.

SOCI 290. Honors Independent Study in Sociology (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 average in sociology, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours over two semesters, the maximum in any one term being four semester hours.

SOCI 310. Special Topics in Sociology (1-4 hrs)

Contemporary issues in sociology. This course consists of intensive study of current topics in the field of sociology.

SOCI 380. Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 hrs)

The senior seminar provides a capstone experience for students, applying a sociological perspective to contemporary social issues. This course requires a major research paper. Enrollment is limited to majors with senior standing or permission of the department chair.

SOCI 390. Applied Sociology Capstone (3 hrs)

The applied sociology capstone course provides students with an experiential learning opportunity where they can apply their sociological skills to a community organization. Class includes a service learning project which will culminate in a portfolio and oral presentation. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and senior standing; or permission of instructor. (SL)

Our sociology faculty are a brilliant group of folks with diverse interests and specialties. These research areas range from social inequalities related to race, class, and gender, to the study of midwifery and cultures of motherhood, to the relationships between gender and the pursuit of cosmetic surgery. Students, too, are engaged in vibrant dialogue and research. I had the pleasure of interning at a not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, as an outreach coordinator and attorney’s aide. If you envision yourself pursuing a passion for non-profit work, community organizing, social work, advocacy, teaching, public health (and so many more), you should definitely consider exploring sociology.
Elis Herman

Class Year: 2014

Major: Sociology

Career: Teaching environmental and social justice to teenagers in California

Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center 

S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse Now) 

The Children's Home 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public School System 

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery 

Winston-Salem Police Department 

Juvenile Justice Council 

Guardian ad Litem Program 

Winston-Salem Urban League 

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness 

Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice 

Winston-Salem Institute for Dismantling Racism 

Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition 

The Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina 

Ronald McDonald House 

C.H.A.N.G.E. 

The Family Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, State of South Carolina