Plan of Study
Bachelor of Arts Sociology
The Sociology program at NSU offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Sociology is the academic discipline focusing on the systematic study of people in interaction with one another and in organized relationships. The emphasis is on understanding how people relate to one another, and why they act the way they do. There are four bases for selecting an undergraduate major in sociology: (1) it is valuable in developing a general liberal arts education that emphasizes improving the quality of life for oneself and for others; (2) it is valuable in education for the helping professions; (3) it is valuable in providing a background for persons wanting to become professional social scientists; and (4) it provides pre-professional training for other fields.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from CASC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements for the Sociology major at NSU. In addition to general education requirements obtaining an Associate in Arts degree in Sociology from CASC will provide 14 hours of the 37 hours of sociology courses required for the major.
What it takes to complete a B.A. in Sociology from NSU. If you don’t complete your AA or AS at CASC, you will need to meet Northeastern’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a B.A. in Sociology. Of those hours, 60 must be from a four-year college or university, 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must be English proficient; this means that you must pass English composition I & II with a “C” or better. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will need to complete 60 more hours in order to earn your B.A. in Sociology. Specifically, the Sociology (SOC) major requires seven core courses (19 hours) in sociology (NSU will accept SOC 1113, SOC 2143 from CASC as three of those core courses) and 18 hours of advanced electives in sociology (NSU will accept SOC 2123, SOC 2133, and SOC 2010 from CASC as eight of those sociology elective hours). The Sociology major requires the completion of an 18-hour minor in another discipline of your choice.
How do my CASC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at CASC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes, but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice, and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at CASC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at CASC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.
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