Longwood University

Department of Sociology
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies at Longwood University offers undergraduate degrees in all three majors, as well as a master's degree program in sociology with a criminal justice focus.  The sociology major offers a family studies concentration, approved by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Education curriculum, designed to prepare students to work in career fields that provide intervention, education, and preventative services to families.  The faculty in the department offers students enthusiastic, dynamic teaching, individualized attention, excellent academic advising, and challenging courses with high academic standards.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Lee Millar Bidwell (Program Coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Sociology & Family Studies
  • 25% Anthropology
  • 50% Criminology & Criminal Justice
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Department Address

West Ruffner 202201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
United States

Phone Number
(434) 395-2241
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • General Sociology
  • Family Studies Concentration
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Perspectives on Childhood and Parenting
  • Self in Society
  • Stress and Crisis in Families
  • Gender and Society
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Sociology of Family Violence
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation
  • Social Statistics
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Life Span Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Welfare and Public Policy
  • Introduction to Social Inequality and Difference
  • Family and Children's Services
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The family studies concentration within the sociology major is designed to give students a multi-disciplinary understanding of family dynamics across the life span.  While the vast majority of the family studies courses are offered within the sociology program, students also take courses in psychology, social work, finance, and health education. Graduates are prepared to pursue graduate school and careers working with families in a variety of settings, including social services, counseling, faith-based organizations, community organizations, schools and government agencies.  The curriculum emphasizes the application of theory and research methods in practical settings; internships are required.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

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CFLE Contact
Dr. Lee Bidwell, CFLE
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