University of South Carolina


Sociology: What to Expect

Are you curious about social life, about what people do and why and with what consequences? If so, you may want to study Sociology at the University of South Carolina. The Department of Sociology at USC offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology along with outstanding facilities, challenging courses, and exceptional faculty. As a Sociology major at USC, you will learn to question common sense, raise significant questions, examine arguments, synthesize information, analyze data, make conclusions, and present information orally and in writing.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in Sociology.  

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Elementary Statistics for Sociologists
  • Social Structures
  • Social Demography
  • Individual and Society

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Sociology majors may choose to get involved Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honors society. You will get information about Sociology discipline, job opportunities, and student competitions through Alpha Kappa Delta. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. A major in Sociology produces a firm liberal arts foundation for entering professional schools in law, education, social work, and many other fields. The Department of Sociology also offers graduate degrees that many students go on to pursue.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding students. Each year, the Department of Sociology awards the Outstanding Senior Major in Sociology award to an outstanding Sociology major.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Career Opportunities

Sociology majors often pursue careers in social service, government agencies, and businesses. Many graduates are employed as research assistants, crisis center workers, high school teachers, and caseworkers.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

About the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at the University South Carolina is nationally recognized and has wonderful opportunities for research training using a variety of methods and theoretical approaches. The Department of Sociology has outstanding facilities that include the Laboratory for Sociological Research, a demography library, a statistics laboratory, and two activity rooms for student research projects and observations. Faculty members are outstanding and have gained national reputations for their scholarly research. The Department of Sociology is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Points of Pride

  • USC Sociology's graduate training in social psychology was ranked no. 4 in U.S. News & World Reports' 2009 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.
  • We obtain research support from numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Additional Resources
Sociology Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin