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By its nature, sociology integrates the study of history, political science, psychology, geography and economics. We’ve designed the program to give you concepts and tools for understanding human behavior in the social environment— based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other relevant variables. You’ll also learn how to understand data through empirical analysis and to communicate your findings, providing critical skills employers today seek.

Many BSC sociology students go on to social work, to graduate school, or into careers in social services. But with a sociology degree, you can enter a career in public service, business, education, law, counseling, or medicine, just to name a few of the possibilities.

If you study sociology at BSC:

  • You will do considerable research, through surveys and experiments, and present your results in writing and orally. Seniors must present their capstone project at a campus conference.

  • You can take courses that take advantage of BSC’s city location, studying urban sociology—which might include neighborhood surveys or projects downtown—or environmental sociology.

  • BSC’s unique January Exploration Term offers options to spend a month on research or dig deep into a single topic, such as a sociological view of the death penalty.

  • You’ll find numerous opportunities to apply what you’ve learned outside the classroom, from mentoring young adults caught up in the criminal justice system to serving as teaching assistants.


    Sociology – Success Stories

    BSC sociology students go on to top graduate programs in social work and then to careers in counseling, policy, and other social services. They also have a high acceptance rate into law schools around the country, and pursue a diverse range of careers in law. Or consider a developing field such as medical sociology, in which professionals study the causes and spread of disease through an epidemiological perspective or study the organization of the health care system and how it is affected by factors such as poverty or race.

    A few examples of graduate programs that BSC sociology students have attended:

    Samford University, Cumberland School of law

    The University of Alabama, Graduate School of Communications

    The University of Chicago, Social Work Program

    Ph.D. Program in biostatistics, The University of Iowa

    Human Resources Specialist

    The knowledge I gained as a at student at BSC shaped the lens through which I view the world. The curriculum developed my understanding of the internal and external factors that drive the actions of both individuals and groups. As a result, I began my career with the ability to solve problems, build consensus, and motivate people. Because I entered the workforce prepared to make a contribution, I experienced early success which has propelled my career. 

    MARY ELLEN GREEN MATTISON ‘04 / Sociology-Psychology


    Sociology – Learning outcomes

    The sociology major is designed to give liberal arts students concepts and tools for understanding human behavior in society. An undergraduate major in sociology prepares students for graduate or professional school. Those intending to enter the job market immediately after graduation will find that the analytical and data analysis skills they have gained as sociology majors will allow them to apply for entry-level research positions in both government and business.

    Upon completion of the sociology major, students will be able to

    • demonstrate an understanding of sociology’s many connections and contributions to other disciplines,
    • demonstrate an understanding of the usefulness and limitations of the sociological imagination,
    • demonstrate the skills and articulate the knowledge gained while progressing through the major.