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Gain Marketable Skills and Better Understand Humankind with a Bachelor’s in Sociology

Do you have a curiosity for how individuals interact? Are you interested in creating change within social structures? Do you want to help communities and organizations operate more effectively?

Gain the tools and techniques that you need for success in a variety of careers with a bachelor’s in sociology degree from South Carolina State University. Here at SC State, you’ll take a deep dive into the study of sociology and learn how demographic variables such as age, ethnicity, occupation, race, and social class impact how people think and behave. You’ll also learn how cultures and lifestyles—both here in the U.S. and around the world—impact society and human relationships.

You’ll be ready to apply knowledge and skills to real-life issues in nearly any industry or sector.

Find success at a leading HBCU institution

SC State is the only public land-grant historically black college and university (HBCU) in South Carolina and is frequently rated as one of the most affordable four-year schools in the Palmetto State. Know that when you choose one of our sociology programs at SC State, you’ll be doing so at an affordable and accessible institution.

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

Sociology Studies Program Highlights

Today’s world needs critical thinkers like you who can address some of the most complex challenges of our time. At SC State, our program helps you build a better world through the study of sociology.

So, why take on sociology studies at SC State? You’ll find what sets us apart is our ability to offer:

Close-knit classroom experiences

As you’re pursuing sociology studies, you want to be more than just a number. At SC State, you’ll be able to build meaningful and rewarding relationships with both your faculty and fellow classmates. In fact, our bachelor’s in sociology courses have a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio—with 20 students or fewer in 60% of classes.

Learning opportunities beyond your coursework

Whether it’s our Psychology and Sociology Club or the Student Union Board, SC State students have more than 50 clubs and organizations to get involved in beyond the study of sociology. These groups are a great opportunity for you to get to know your classmates and make lifelong connections as you consider the question, “What can you do with a sociology degree?”

Faculty with varying expertise and backgrounds

Within our sociology programs, you’ll learn—and thrive—alongside faculty members who are experts in the field. Our faculty bring experiences that span the study of sociology—ranging from medical sociology to human sexuality, neurological study to social problems. Our educators are also leading in the field. For instance, Assistant Professor Alison McLetchie is president of the Society of Ethnomusicology’s Southeast and Caribbean chapter, which promotes the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts.

Student-to-faculty ratio in sociology studies
Average salary, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for individuals with a bachelor’s in sociology
Years to complete the study of sociology at SC State

What Can You Do With a Sociology Degree?

Some of the most well-known and transformational individuals in U.S. history have pursued sociology programs and degrees, including Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Jesse Jackson, NBA star Alonzo Mourning, and former first lady Michelle Obama. Just as sociology studies have helped these leaders change our world, a bachelor’s in sociology can help you find success, too.

So, what can you do with a sociology degree from SC State?

Sociology careers

When you pursue sociology programs from reputable institutions such as SC State, you can find success in areas such as:

  • Counseling
  • Law enforcement
  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Social work

What can you do with a sociology degree to ensure you’re ready to pursue a career around your particular passion? The program may also involve advanced studies in areas such as criminal justice, economics, psychology, social work, and much more.

What You Will Study in Sociology Programs

Study the systems and structures that define the ways all of us interact with one another, within communities, and throughout society. At SC State, our 124-credit-hour bachelor’s in sociology starts with foundational courses in Principles of Sociology and Introduction to Social Institutions, for instance.

From there, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your degree in courses such as:

  • Behavioral Aspects of Human Sexuality
  • Medical Sociology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Urban Sociology

During your final year of sociology studies, you can take part in a Senior Honors Thesis course, which allows you to engage in intensive study and research of a topic that interests you. This class is a great opportunity for you to put your learning into action.