Appalachian State University’s Sociology (BS) - Applied Research Methods degree develops knowledge and technical skills to be a social science researcher, which involves logical and critical thinking, a clear grasp of data collection, data management, statistics and statistical software packages, as well as strong communication skills.
Sociologists observe, describe, explain and predict human social behavior. With this degree’s focus on sociology research, you will be prepared for a range of possible occupations in research design, data collection and data analysis in both the public and private sector. This is beneficial in a field where sociologists often provide program evaluation, create written and oral reports for clients, and work with a variety of organizations.
The applied research methods track is also a strong preparation for graduate school where research skills are highly emphasized.
Employment: Students recently have gone on to work for the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida Citrus Association, IBM and non-profit agencies who needed employees with program assessment skills.
Graduate School: Most students graduating with this concentration pursue advanced training and graduate school. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at N.C. State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and The Ohio State University.
Students must complete 30 hours of core sociology classes including:
- Research Methods
- Sociological Theory
- Constructions of Gender
- Race & Minority Relations
- Sociology of the Family
Students must also complete at least 30 hours of concentration classes including an internship approved by the Internship Proposal Committee and Internship Supervisor. Optional courses include:
- Essential Business Tools & Technology
- Database Management
- Town, City, & Regional Planning
- GIS for Environmental and Social Sciences
- Sociology of Work & Organizations
- Research Assistance
- Statistical Methods
A minor is not required. However, some students choose to add a minor in statistics because it complements their concentration requirements.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Sociology Club - a student-led organization devoted to service learning, fundraising and hosting events for the betterment of students inspired by the discipline of sociology.
Alpha Kappa Delta - an international sociology honors society, formed with the intent to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.
The North Carolina Sociological Association - open to all practicing sociologists (whether in academic, government or applied settings) as well as to sociology students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Southern Sociological Society - open to all sociology students and professionals across the southern United States.
American Sociological Association - a national organization dedicated to sociology and its pursuit of investigating human behavior, social interaction and social structures.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Department of Sociology faculty lead summer study abroad opportunities. Past program titles have included Studying War in Europe, and Religious and Ethnic Conflict in Ireland and Spain.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University. In order to maintain admission in this degree, students must receive a grade of C or higher in the following classes:
- SOC 1000 The Sociological Perspective
- SOC 3885 Research Methods I
- SOC 3895 Research Methods II
- SOC 3950 Sociological Theory I
- SOC 3960 Sociological Theory II
- SOC 4450 Senior Seminar
- Sociology majors have the option to work with a faculty mentor who can provide professional advice, intellectual development in terms of a specific substantive area in sociology, and involvement in research projects. Learn about faculty research specialties here.
- Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and can stay up-to-date on current research projects via the department’s web page for research opportunities.
- Students have opportunities to present research at local and regional forums.
- The Department of Sociology offers scholarships.
- The department encourages students to participate in internships and maintains relationships with community organizations in order to help students find appropriate host sites.
Method of Delivery
On campus only
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- Data Analyst
- Demographic Analyst
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- News Correspondent
- Political Systems Researcher
- Population Specialist
- Public Health Statistician
- Public Opinion Surveyor
- Research Assistant
- Urban Planner
Dr. Cameron Lippard