Sociology, BS

Sociology, BS


Bachelor's Degree

Credits required:

60 credits

Cost per credit:


Next start date:

May 6, 2024

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.

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.

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A Degree with Potential

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.

Sample Courses for Sociology


Examination of social behavior of humans and social institutions. Theories and methods for studying society and social issues, along with insights from related disciplines. 

This course explores the extent, causes and consequences of social inequality in the U.S. and beyond with a focus on unequal access to political, economic and social benefits at the individual, organizational, and institutional levels historically and today. 

This course covers descriptive and inferential statistical methods used by social scientists. It emphasizes conceptual understanding, practical application, and effective communication of statistical processes and findings. Students work with hypothetical and real-world social data, using hand and computer-based calculations to produce statistical estimates. 

This course includes critical analysis of major theorists and schools of theory in sociology from the late nineteenth century through recent and current works. Authors are discussed in terms of their biography, methodological approach and major contributions to the field of sociology.