Sociology (Certificate)



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Program Description:

globeThis Graduate Certificate in Sociology is designed to provide a solid post-baccalaureate foundation in Sociology. The six required courses qualify certificate recipients who also hold a Master's Degree to teach sociology courses in most 2 and 4 year colleges. The Graduate Bulletin/Catalog program information includes descriptions of the program courses.

Career Enhancement and Gainful Employment Regulation Compliance Information:

The curriculum provides graduate-level preparation for teaching the most common Sociology foundation courses, such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family.  It also develops expertise in other standard graduate sociology areas that will enhance the teaching of sociology.

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Information Unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment

This 18 semester-hour distance education Graduate Certificate in Sociology program (127A) is completely online and accepts applicants in summer and fall semesters only.

Please note: Participation in this graduate certificate program requires appropriate access to the internet as the coursework is delivered via AsULearn, ASU's online learning management system.

Course List:

  • SOC 5025 Advanced General Sociology
  • SOC 5110 Advanced Research Methods I
  • SOC 5200 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 5350 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 5750 Social Stratification
  • SOC 5800 Sociology of the Family

Proposed Cohorts:

CountyLocationSemester StartApplication DeadlineInformation Session (ASU faculty and staff will be present to answer questions about the program and application process)
OnlineOnlineFirst Summer SessionApril 1Contact us for more information
OnlineOnlineFall July 1Contact us for more information

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs.  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see below for contact info).


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Intent (for more information, please refer to this Graduate Bulletin page).

Note: References and test scores are NOT required for this graduate certificate program


Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline noted above. 

State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so. If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the program manager.

For information or questions related to the application process, please contact

Office of Distance Education
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084 
Fax: 828-265-8673
Direct Phone: 828-262-3113

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ed Rosenberg
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 6146
Direct Phone: 828-262-6146


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