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Sociology Major and Minor

Sociology is a discipline focused on exploring and understanding the social and structural causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a variety of topics that are vital to interpreting the world around us, including:

  • Social institutions, such as marriage and family, education, and religion
  • Social stratification by social class, gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Social processes like socialization, deviance, globalization, and aging
  • Social problems related to crime, the environment, health, and mental health

Sociology is not only a fascinating discipline that helps us understand ourselves and others better, but it also develops strong analytic and critical thinking skills that are highly sought after in our increasingly diverse world.  A major or minor in sociology provides an excellent foundation for both entry-level jobs and graduate study in business, law, health, social services, education, criminal justice, public service, and social and demographic research.

Sociology Major

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in four concentration areas: general sociology, community studies, criminal justice, and social services.  All majors take an introductory course in sociology, as well as a two-semester sequence in research methods, a sociological theory course, and two social stratification classes.  The curriculum for BS students includes additional introductory and advanced courses in math and science, while BA students complete a four-semester sequence in a modern language and additional humanities courses.  Our four concentration areas also allow students an opportunity to align their coursework more closely with their career goals.  Regardless of the specific degree path chosen, a sociology major provides students with the tools to understand the social causes and consequences of interpersonal and group behavior and to prepare for a variety of professional paths.

Sociology Minor

A sociology minor is an excellent choice for any student who desires to develop a nuanced understanding of human behavior and the social world.  The sociology minor allows students a great degree of flexibility to select coursework that meets their personal and professional goals.  All sociology minors must complete SOC 2010, Introduction to Sociology, as well as fifteen additional hours of sociology or rural sociology classes.  At least three hours of 4000-level coursework must be completed, and the other twelve hours may be selected from all available classes at the 3000- or 4000-level.

For information about the sociology major or minor, please contact Jennifer Holland or visit the Clemson University sociology major page

Jennifer Holland
Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Coordinator
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
(864) 656-2018