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Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program


As a sociology student you will develop a set of perspectives and tools that can lead to a fulfilling and productive career and a life informed by an understanding of social change and social justice. Along the way, the core ideas of discipline, as well as professors and fellow students, will present intellectual challenges, inconvenient truths, and intriguing ideas- all with the intent of promoting your own developement and growth as an engaged citizen in the contemporary world.

You can also:

  • Choose a concentration in criminal justice, community studies or general sociology.
  • Learn more about the community through Community Engaged Learning projects and volunteer opportunities with organizations like WorldRelief, Circle K and North Central’s Cardinals in Action.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant to fund your research anywhere in the world.
  • Join the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society.

Admission requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL.
    • Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT.
    • Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Sociology, B.A.

Core Courses

  • Life Chances and Choices: Introduction to Sociology
  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Social Inquiry I: Quantitative
  • Social Inquiry II: Qualitative
  • Social Life and Social Theory
  • Sociological Culminating Experience

Inequalities Course

One of the following:

  • Gender: Patterns/Privileges/Possibilities
  • Race/Ethnicity: Conflict and Change
  • Social Class: Get Ahead/Fall Behind

Pathway Courses

Three courses from any of the following three areas:

Problems Courses

  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Youth Justice, Crime and Law
  • Power-Based Personal Violence
  • Community and City Life

Tools Courses

  • Research Practicum
  • Policing and Corrections
  • Chicago Encounters

Institutions Courses

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Schools and Society
  • Families and Intimate Relationships
  • Health, Illness and Care
  • Religion, Spirituality and Community

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information


Tution fee: $42,026 per year

Career paths

  • Urban planner
  • Social service providers
  • Public health workers
  • Community liaisons
  • Journalists
  • Educators
  • Admission counselors
  • Public relations professionals
  • Juvenile counselors
  • Police officers

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North Central College

North Central College is a nationally ranked institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a thriving suburb just thirty minutes by train from Chicago. Our students have access to state-of-the art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business. At...

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North Central College

30 North Brainard Street
60540 Naperville IL
United States of America (USA)

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