Undergraduate programs

A B.A. in Sociology from NU will provide you with a solid foundation for graduate study in the social sciences, and can prepare students for careers in such fields as social services, social research and data analysis, non-profit and charity organizations, government and human resources. The program helps students develop communication, research, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

About

A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

Students learn how to collect and critically analyze information using both quantitative (statistical analysis) and qualitative (in-depth interviews, ethnography, focus groups, textual analysis) methods. These skills can subsequently lead students to pursue careers in marketing, education, research, policy analysis, data analytics, counselling, journalism, social work, and more. 

Requirments

English Language Requirements

IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or TOEFL IBT – 79-93 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21) or TOEFL PBT** – 574-599

Academic Requirements

– Minimum requirements for graduates or students of the final year of secondary school, colleges, UK Foundation program and graduates of the A-level program

SAT Reasoning Test ** or ACT SAT Reasoning Test – 1240 Essay is required, no minimum score OR ACT – 27 composite score. Writing part is required, no minimum score

– Minimum requirements for graduates and holders of NIS Grade 12 Certificate*

NIS 12 Grade Certificate – A B B (any subjects)

– Minimum requirements for graduates and holders of IВ Diploma Program***

IB DP 30 total score and 4, 4, 5 for 3 subjects of HL

*NIS Grade 12 Certificate holders can also participate in the competition in the “Graduates of secondary schools” category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category above).

** The Nazarbayev University applies the Superscoring for SAT scores.

***IB DP holders can also participate in the competition in the “Graduates of secondary schools” category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category above).

Duration

4 years

Work after graduation

Social services
Academia (universities)
Research organizations
Social research organizations
Government Entities
Non-governmental Organizations
United Nation and other international organizations

Program outline

BA program runs 4 years (8 semesters) where you are required to complete 240 ECTS credits.

Sociology Courses:
Introduction to Sociology
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods
Classical Sociological Theory
Sociology electives
Senior Capstone

Distribution requirements:
History Course
History of Kazakhstan
Philosophy/Religion
Rhetoric and Composition
Humanities Electives
Social Science Research Methods
Three Social Science electives
Natural Sciences and Math
Any courses from SSH or SEDS