Department of Sociology
Bringing people together is a complicated business. Our goal is to help students understand these interactions from a variety of perspectives. Justice, crime, poverty and, perhaps suprisingly, even sports.
The most vital social issues of our time are explored by the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina, including the complex issues of power, inequality, and justice; social organizations and group dynamics; and crime, poverty, and conflict.
Students from around the United States and the world work with a supportive faculty known for strong teaching and high research productivity. Faculty research covers a broad spectrum, including the policing of terrorism, the sociology of science, family and child development, the interplay of spatial and social inequalities, political demography, and the sociology of sports.
The Sociology Department is housed in Sloan College, a 1920s Georgian-style building that is sparkling from a recent top-to-bottom renovation. In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms and comfortable gathering spaces, Sloan College houses the University’s Laboratory for Sociological Research, one of the largest facilities of its type in the world. Among its features are a group interaction room with one-way observation and video recording and presentation capabilities.
Students can earn a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as graduate degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. The graduate program provides students with a thorough grounding in the theories and research methodologies of the discipline in order to conduct empirical inquiry. The University’s graduate training in Social Psychology is ranked among America’s top elite programs.