Sociology (B.S./B.A.)

ABOUT

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. 

FAST FACTS

  • 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.

Curriculum

Popular Minors

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religion

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.

 Participate in intensive faculty-directed research experiences, such as our undergraduate class on gender, sexuality, campus culture and sexual violence. Collect data, offer input on intervention strategies and develop awareness campaigns.
 Travel to Dominica with professor Brenda Vander Mey to study issues surrounding food security, youth, and community and environmental sustainability.
 The Sociology Club provides the opportunity to explore career options and engage in community service with organizations such as Coaches4Character, which focuses on teaching at-risk youth the value of education and character development.

CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS

AFTER GRADUATION

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.

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Case Manager

    Clemson Youth Learning Institute

  • Discovery Representative

    Synnex Corporation

  • Housing Consultant

    Cottages of Clemson

  • Police Officer

    City of Greenville Police Department

  • Staffing Specialist

    PeopleReady

  • Social Research Analyst

    State of South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs

  • Human Services Specialist II Foster Care

    S.C. Department of Social Services

  • Staffing Specialist

    PeopleReady

  • Research Fellow

    American Voices Project, Stanford University/Princeton University

  • Corps Member

    Teach for America

  • Child Protective Specialist

    Greenville County Department of Social Services

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator

    deBotech Inc.

  • Executive Director

    Inmates to Entrepreneurs

  • Social Worker

    Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Ph.D. Sociology

    University of California Los Angeles

  • MSW

    Washington University of St. Louis

  • MSW

    University of Georgia

  • M.S. Secondary Education and Teaching

    Johns Hopkins University

  • M.Ed. Higher Education/Student Affairs

    The College of William & Mary

  • MSW

    Columbia University

  • MSW

    University of South Carolina

  • J.D.

    University of Georgia

  • J.D.

    Temple University

  • Master of Public Administration/Policy

    American University

  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice

    Indiana University

  • MSW

    Appalachian State University

  • MSW

    Boston College

  • M.Ed. Special Education

    Arizona State University

COMMON CAREER AREAS

    • Human Services
    • Case Management
    • Advocacy
    • Mental Health Services
    • Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Corrections
    • Rehabilitation
    • Law Enforcement
    • Education 
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Government
    • Public Administration
    • Policy Analysis
    • Research
    • Program Development
    • City Planning
    • Social Science Research
    • Business
    • Human Resources
      • Training and Development
      • Recruiting
    • Management
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Office Administration

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