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Department of Sociology

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In the sociology program at USC, students learn to examine social forces and interrogate how those structures play a part both in daily life and wider societal systems. Graduates of our program have the research, communication and analytical background to excel in nearly any career field 


We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, a conventional minor program and a summer minor program. All major students develop their own research project in the capstone course. Major students who meet the GPA requirements may also pursue a Distinction in Sociology by completing a more extensive independent research project.

Sociology majors

Sociology looks at the many ways in which society shapes the behaviors and outcomes of individuals and groups. In our major programs, you’ll engage in research using a wide range of data analysis techniques to study disparities and understand differences reflected in inequities, which impact people’s health, social mobility, family formation and life chances.

The B.A. degree track emphasizes the social sciences and humanities to help students learn to communicate effectively and challenge commonly held beliefs using data and empirical evidence. 

B.S. degree-track students will acquire additional mathematical skills, with an emphasis on analytical reasoning, that will further enhance their preparation for graduate school or research careers.

Sociology minors

The sociology minor is available to complement any major course of study by bolstering skills in research, analytical thinking, substantive knowledge of contemporary social challenges, and communication. The summer minor program is an accelerated curriculum, completed online over 9-weeks.

Undergraduate Bulletin

Looking for more specific information, like what classes you'll need to take to graduate, learning outcomes, and which classes we offer? The academic bulletin is the university's official document of record concerning undergraduate-level academic programs and regulations.  

I had a phenomenal time as a sociology major at UofSC. I developed close relationships with professors who I would eventually do research with. I felt incredibly supported and intellectually nurtured by the department, and the entire faculty is quite collegial and supportive of its students.

— Jose Aveldanes earned his undergraduate sociology degree at USC and was accepted to UC Berkeley to continue his research on contemporary American families.

icon of a cell phoneNeed more information about an undergraduate degree in Sociology? 

Jennifer Augustine 
Undergraduate Program Director 
Phone: 803-777-3123 


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