Sociology (BS)
Accelerated Program

The Sociology program offered at ASU’s West campus provides students a greater understanding of the development, structure and behavior of organized groups, in order to explore the issues of social change, inequality and diversity. Students will learn vital research skills needed to analyze complex social issues, becoming valuable assets in journalism, politics and public administration.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BS in sociology in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

Sociology is the study of the organization and development of societies and the institutions within them. The sociology program helps students better understand the development, structure, interaction and collective behavior of organized groups. The program explores the theories, practices and policies underlying the issues of social change, inequality and diversity. This degree program provides training in important research skills used to describe, interpret and evaluate evidence across diverse settings important in the economy.

This is a flexible program that provides opportunities for students to work collaboratively with faculty on intellectual and policy issues and helps them develop the research skills necessary for the analysis of complex social issues. The BS degree differs from the BA degree in that it requires an additional methods course.

Graduates are prepared for employment in corporate or governmental organizations or to continue their studies in graduate programs in sociology, social science or professional schools.

Degree Offered

Sociology (BS)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of


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Career Outlook

Graduates apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in:

  • business and management
  • government
  • social services
  • the criminal justice system
  • the health professions
  • nonprofit sector

Graduates receive valuable preparation for careers in:

  • journalism
  • politics
  • public administration
  • public relations

These are all fields that involve investigative skills and an ability to work with diverse groups. Graduates with an advanced degree in sociology may become:

  • community activists
  • community developers
  • criminologists
  • demographers
  • gerontologists
  • organizational advocates
  • research analysts
  • statisticians
  • survey researchers
  • urban planners

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Management Analysts 13.6%$80,880
Business Teachers, Postsecondary8.8%$74,090
Chief Executives-1.2%$173,320
City and Regional Planning Aides5.6%$39,460
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Construction Managers 4.8%$85,630
Cost Estimators8.8%$60,050
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 8.3%$50,780
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates0.6%$115,140
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers-3.6%$87,980
Industrial Production Managers -3.7%$92,470
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Healthcare Social Workers 19.3%$51,930
Administrative Services Managers8.2%$83,790
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Sales Managers 5.1%$110,660
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 13.9%$62,440
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$42,120
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.3%$67,880
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Transportation Managers 2.2%$85,400
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630
Storage and Distribution Managers 2.2%$85,400
Wind Energy Operations Managers 3.9%$105,060
Wind Energy Project Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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