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.
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.
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Graduates apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in:
- business and management
- social services
- the criminal justice system
- the health professions
- the nonprofit sector
Graduates receive valuable preparation for careers in:
- 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
- organizational advocates
- research analysts
- survey researchers
- urban planners
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:
|Social Workers, All Other||8.3%||$61,980|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||18.1%||$80,300|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||4.3%||$46,000|
|Counselors, All Other||14.3%||$43,370|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
|Social Science Research Assistants||4.3%||$46,000|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||5.6%||$133,840|
|Judicial Law Clerks||5.5%||$51,330|
|Law Teachers, Postsecondary||12.3%||$104,910|
|Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers||4%||$94,790|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||23.4%||$48,790|
|Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators||10.4%||$60,670|
|Healthcare Social Workers||20.1%||$54,870|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||5.7%||$51,410|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||10%||$64,480|
|Social and Community Service Managers||18%||$64,100|
|Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary||9.9%||$64,370|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||14.2%||$44,380|
|Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary||9.8%||$73,080|
|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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