Department of Sociology: Sociology and Human Services

Cannon College of Arts & Sciences

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Sociology and Human Services Overview

Studying Sociology and Human Services at Wingate University opens the door to a world of careers. Explore the dynamics of group interaction, investigate the causes of social problems and develop strategies for analyzing societal processes and institutions. You can develop your sociological imagination!

Class sizes are small enough for you to receive intentional, caring mentorship. Not only relying on lectures, the professors will allow you to participate, collaborate and experiment as you learn. You will learn the craft of participant and non-participant observation, survey research and experimental design. As a student, you may also engage in summer research with a sociology professor through the University's Summer Research Program. The department also includes service-learning within its curriculum and encourages and supports students in study-abroad.
Many types of research projects are waiting for you! The special strength of the Human Services major is its blend of sociology and psychology, as well as its required internship, called Practicum, a 100-hour internship.  Internships provide you with hands-on experience in the work place. These internships are available any semester including summer semesters to accommodate your schedule.

Sociology has a second required research methods course (Human Services has just the one).  All students collaborate on special research projects with their professors. Many students have had the opportunity to travel to other places to present their research.

Offering two comprehensive majors (Human Services, Sociology), the Department of Sociology will prepare you for either an immediate career following graduation or for further graduate study. Prepare for a rewarding career in policy analysis, criminal justice, multicultural programming, human services or family support programs.
Emphasis: Family Studies

Dr. Sue Pauley
Associate Professor and Department Chair

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Classes of Interest
A unique feature of the Sociology program is a three-course sequence in family sociology including: Marriage and Family (SOC 204), Family Relations (SOC 304) and Contemporary Family Problems (SOC 402). This sets our program apart from many other schools that offer Sociology as a major/minor.
Sociology Handbook
Friends of Sociology Club
Union County Department of Social Services
U.C. Prosecutor's Office
Community Health Services
Daymark Recovery Services (substance abuse treatment center)
Carolina Bone and Joint
Christian Adoption Agency (Matthews)
Thompson Child and Family Focus (Charlotte)
Piedmont High School
East Union Middle School
Stoney Creek El. School (Meck. Co.)
Research Projects
"Life Choices and Life Chances:  Intersections of Acculturation and Stratification among Mexicans in Union County, North Carolina"
"Who Do You Talk To Online?  Students' Social Distance as Revealed through Instant Messaging Contact Lists"
"Just Face It:  Social Distance and College Students' Facebook Friends" 
"Friends and Frenemies:  The Nature of E-Based Social Networks"
Career Opportunities
Human Services:
state hospitals
mental health centers
centers for the developmentally disabled
child and family services centers
correctional facilities
nursing homes and other service facilities for the aging
abuse prevention and treatment centers
centers for people with physical disabilities crisis intervention units
specialized fund-raising organizations.
social service
assisted living/nursing/retirement facilities
Our Graduates
A few of our graduates who pursued graduate and professional studies:
Doug Edwards (Soc.) N.C. Central Law School
Claire Kossman (Soc.) Depaul University Law School
Megan McPhail (Soc.) UNC-Chapel Hill Masters in Rehab Counseling and Psychology
Queli Beach (H.S.) MSW, Arizona State University
Careers of some of our graduates:
Wendy Van Essendelft (Soc.) Novant Health, Family Relations Representative
Andria Hale (Soc.) Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice
Vintieri Springs (H.S.) Medicaid Case Manager
Julie Simpson (Soc.) Ministry Assistant at a baptist church
James Pritchett (Soc.) Clinical coordinator of outpatient and prevention services, mental health agency