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Are you curious about what people do, why and with what consequences? If so, our sociology program may be right for you. You can pursue a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels or combine your interests with an accelerated bachelor’s/graduate study plan.

What to Expect

As a sociology major, you will explore complex issues of power, inequality, justice, crime, poverty and conflict. You will learn to question common sense, raise significant questions, examine arguments, synthesize information, analyze data, make conclusions and present information orally and in writing.

You can take advantage of outstanding facilities that include the Laboratory for Sociological Research, one of the largest facilities of its type in the world, as well as a demography library, a statistics laboratory and two activity rooms for student research projects and observations.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. or B.S. in Sociology

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in sociology. The sociology requirements are the same for each, but there are different requirements in mathematics, humanities and social sciences for each degree.

Here are a few of the typical courses you may take to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements:

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Elementary Statistics for Sociologists
  • Social Structures
  • Social Demography
  • Individual and Society

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences also offers master's and doctoral degrees with an emphasis on research.

Graduate Director: Brent Simpson, 803-777-3123,
Program Contact: Alicia Hope, 803-777-3679,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Graduate Director: Brent Simpson, 803-777-3123,
Program Contact: Alicia Hope, 803-777-3679,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.