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About the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

We offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, a Master of Science in applied sociology, and undergraduate minors in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice. Our department supports approximately 200 majors, a dozen graduate students, and an additional 300 students seeking minors from all seven colleges within the University. Because of the high quality of our faculty and instruction, we teach about 4,000 students per academic year.

Students may elect to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree (which requires foreign language proficiency and advanced humanities) or a Bachelor of Science degree (with special requirements in the areas of math and science in either sociology, anthropology or criminal justice). Sociology majors further select from one of our three concentration areas: general sociology, community studies, and social services. The specific courses that comprise each of these curricula are summarized in the department’s curriculum tracking forms. All students majoring in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice are required to have a minor. Available minors are listed in each edition of Undergraduate Announcements, which is available both in hard copy and online.

The Master of Science degree in applied sociology at Clemson University emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of policy analysis, evaluation research and human systems. Foci of the program include the acquisition of social science research skills, theory application and practical field experience. The program prepares students to conduct theoretically sound, empirically sophisticated research projects and evaluation studies of organizational programs and policies. 

Graduates from our department pursue careers in a variety of different areas. Many also go on to professional and graduate school in a variety of areas including law; sociology, a number of counseling programs; seminary and divinity school, and careers in sociology, anthropology, social work, and criminal justice. We survey our former students one to three years after graduation. Generally, they report feeling very well prepared for both entry-level career positions and graduate and professional studies. 

Other important opportunities and resources available to you within the department and College include:

  • The internship program directed by Catherine Mobley, Ph.D.
  • The Washington internship program directed by the SPDP office
  • Study abroad opportunities, including in Peru with Melissa Vogel, Ph.D. (archaeology), in the Czech Republic with Mike Coggeshall, Ph.D. (cultural anthropology), and in Dominica with Brenda Vander Mey, Ph.D.
  • The U.S. Marshals Co-Op program directed by Marjie Britz, Ph.D.
  • The Sociology Club
  • The Anthropology Club
  • The Criminal Justice Club
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the National Criminal Justice Society
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Sociology Honor Society
  • The Horizons and ILEAD! programs

As we get to know you, we will help match your interests to the many opportunities available to you within the department, the College and the University.