Sociology, BS

Unpack the Past

Sociology is the study of the individual and human groups. It offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking. The growing awareness of the value of sociological perspectives for problem-solving continues to provide an increasing range of opportunities for employment in a variety of work settings.

Topics studied in this program include causes and prevention of crime and juvenile delinquency, social inequality, rural communities, the environment and natural resources, and social well-being, among others. Students also have the option to complete their bachelor’s with an emphasis in criminal justice.

Degree at a Glance

3
Yearly Start Dates
20
Industry Relevant Courses
000%
Online Curriculum
33
Program Credit Hours
$6623
Estimated Annual Tuition*

*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2021-2022 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

Career Outlook for Graduates

A bachelor’s in sociology serves as an excellent springboard to many careers, given the skills you obtain as a sociology major, including critical thinking, data management (e.g., analysis), and writing. Career paths include market researcher, statistician for government agencies, non-profit work, law, and corrections. This program is also good preparation for those interested in pursuing graduate studies in sociology, law, and other related fields.

Median Pay*

  • Sociologist – $83,420
  • Professor of Sociology – $75,290
  • Parole Officer – $54,290
  • Juvenile Probation Officer – $54,290
  • Market Research Analyst – $63,790

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Why Earn Sociology Degree from USU Online

The sociology faculty at USU is knowledgeable in many social trends and issues faced today. They have conducted research in areas such as inequality among gender, social class, race and ethnicity, physical and social health disparities; understanding deviance; and understanding human’s role in environmental issues such as: climate change, public tensions, and sustainability. Faculty members help students look for, recognize, and understand trends in society and human behavior as they provide guidance in the areas that interest them.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
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International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

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Reid Youmans

Reid Youmans
Academic Advisor
(435) 797-3883
reid.youmans@usu.edu