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College of Arts and Sciences


Sociology is the study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.  Sociology focuses on the interactions between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other.  Among the specialties within sociology are criminology, demography, cultural traditions, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, social status, and social change.

The Department of Sociology offers two undergraduate degrees:  a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.  The academic requirements are the same for each.

Students 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 has been recently renovated. 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.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of entry-level jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and government.   A major in sociology also produces a firm liberal arts foundation for entering professional schools in law, education, medicine, counseling, social work, and other fields.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Barry Markovsky, Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, 803-767-3094,

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