Sociology, BS

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The Sociology degree 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.

You can learn the vital research skills needed to analyze complex social issues, skills which are valuable assets in journalism, politics and public administration.

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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 BS degree program in sociology 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 Bachelor of Science differs from the Bachelor of Arts 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.

At A Glance

Sociology, BS

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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
  • the 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 Other8.3%$61,980
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Sociologists1.3%$79,650
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250

* 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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