As a sociology major you’ll delve into topics such as social class and poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, criminal justice, marriage and families, culture, religion, education and developing societies. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Whichever degree path you opt to follow, your courses will give you tools to understand the social causes and consequences of interpersonal and group behavior. Our faculty members are from the sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work disciplines, but all are interested in studying the social dimensions of human behavior and developing ways to improve and enrich quality of life.
- Clemson offers both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in sociology. A combined five-year B.S./M.S. program is also available.
- We offer a minor in anthropology, which is ideal for students wishing to increase their understanding of cultural diversity and globalization.
- Employers often seek sociology majors to fill positions in administration, supervision, management, public relations, social services, law enforcement and research.
- Students enjoy many opportunities for faculty-led study abroad in Peru, the Czech Republic, Dominica and South Africa.
- Our department offers individualized advising for every student, guiding each along the way to his/her ultimate career path.
- The Sociology Honors Program is available to exceptional students who desire an in-depth research or investigative experience.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Students who choose to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in sociology will take additional science and math electives. Students who choose the Bachelor of Arts degree will take more foreign language courses. With either option, students will graduate with a broad-based education with a focus in a chosen concentration area, which will contribute to proficiencies in communications and interpersonal skills — necessary attributes in any occupation — as well as in methodological training.
General Sociology Concentration
A focus on social institutions and social processes allows you to take courses covering the broad range of topics addressed in the discipline.
Criminal Justice Concentration
This concentration encompasses criminology, deviance and law enforcement, which will prepare you for a range of career options from from local policing to federal law enforcement.
Social Services Concentration
This concentration includes an internship component that introduces you to local social service institutions.
Community Studies Concentration
Take courses that hone your insight into the social forces and processes that shape and affect small and large, rural and urban communities. You will also take on an internship that puts you into communities and gets you involved in community issues.
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
As a sociology major you’ll have ample opportunities to enrich your classroom education by participating in study abroad trips that allow you to work on projects in other countries; by working alongside peers in community service projects; and by engaging in research activities with faculty members.
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Clemson Youth Learning Institute
Cottages of Clemson
City of Greenville Police Department
Social Research Analyst
State of South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs
Human Services Specialist II Foster Care
S.C. Department of Social Services
American Voices Project, Stanford University/Princeton University
Teach for America
Child Protective Specialist
Greenville County Department of Social Services
Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator
Inmates to Entrepreneurs
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
University of California Los Angeles
Washington University of St. Louis
University of Georgia
M.S. Secondary Education and Teaching
Johns Hopkins University
M.Ed. Higher Education/Student Affairs
The College of William & Mary
University of South Carolina
University of Georgia
Master of Public Administration/Policy
Ph.D. Criminal Justice
Appalachian State University
M.Ed. Special Education
Arizona State University
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Human Services
- Case Management
- Mental Health Services
- Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
- Public Administration
- Policy Analysis
- Program Development
- City Planning
- Social Science Research
- Human Resources
- Training and Development
- Public Relations
- Office Administration
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