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Sociology, B.S./B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
A degree in Sociology at the Western Carolina University will give you a foundation of critical and analytical thinking that can start your career in a variety of job industries, or prepare you for graduate studies. Sociologists have diverse occupations working in education, human services, criminal justice, government and a number of private sector disciplines.
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Key facts:

  • Western Carolina University’s Bachelor of Arts, or Science, in Sociology will teach you the theories and scientific methods necessary to understand and address social issues in your community and beyond.
  • The Sociology program will hone a student’s ability to identify issues, conduct research, analyze data and present those findings in an accessible way. The program features courses like Sociological Theory; Analysis of Social Data; Social Problems; Rural Society; and Family Violence. Students will also take a variety of courses in other disciplines that are applicable to the sociology major. Students completing a foreign language requirement will receive a Bachelor of Arts; all other students will receive a Bachelor of Science.
  • Sociology majors have a chance to pursue careers using research and analytical skills in a number of areas like local and state government, non-profit organizations and consulting firms. Many sociologists continue their studies at the graduate level to prepare for a career as educators in secondary and postsecondary environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states job opportunities in the field of sociology will 15% by the year 2022. The BLS states the average salary for sociologists with a Master’s degree is $74,960.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Sociology curriculum include:

  • Human Society
  • Methods of Social Research 
  • Analysis of Social Data
  • Sociological Theory
  • Writing and Rhetoric 
  • Writing and Critical Inquiry
  • Foundations Communication 
  • Stress Management for Health and Wellness 
  • Health and Wellness 
  • Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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