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Sociology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, VA,
People throughout the world are organized into groups of varied sizes — from three individuals drinking coffee to broad-based social movements. Groups form based on attributes, interests and purpose. Sociology is the study of these groups. Investigating questions of community, social class, race and ethnicity, students research the meaning of identity, inequality and change. 


Whether students remain in sociology or choose to work in a different field, the theory and methods learned in the study of sociology help our graduates make sense of the world and their role in it.

Why study sociology at Sweet Briar?

For decades, sociology has been one of Sweet Briar’s most popular majors. Our courses emphasize social structures — families, workplaces and social classes — in relation to social processes like socialization and social mobility. Our approach to sociology provides students with a way of thinking that remains part of their lives long after their final exams. They navigate school, the workplace and society with a deeper understanding because of their immersion in sociology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Perspective 
  • Introduction to Sociology: Social Research 
  • Medical Sociology 
  • Culture, Society, and The Automobile 
  • The Sociology ot Food 
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology ot Religion 
  • Directed Study 
  • Social Psychiatry 
  • Criminology 
  • Social Organization: Work, Family, and Education 
  • Social Stratification 

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                        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.

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                      Academic Requirements

                    • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
                    • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
                    • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
                    • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
                    • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
                    • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
                    • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
                    • Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        36520 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                      • National

                        36520 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                      • In-State

                        36520 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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