Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The sociology program at University of South Carolina Beaufort provides to its students the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological analytical tools to describe and explain human social life and the multifaceted connections between society and the individual.  Mastery of the principles of social stratification (esp. age, gender, race and ethnicity), social organization, socialization, deviance and social control, institutions, and social change allow graduates in sociology to analyze and understand phenomena associated with rapid urbanization, such as population growth, crime, and divorce rates. The program seeks to provide students with a well-rounded academic experience that also prepares students for graduate study and/or careers in such areas as public health/epidemiology, marketing research, criminology and criminal justice, and social services.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies
  • Convey the central insights and meta-theories of the discipline as set forth by the founding thinkers of the discipline. Present the foundational principles/processes of sociology: organization, stratification, socialization, deviance and social control, institutions and social change.
  • Introduce students to the gamut of classical and contemporary theories of sociology.
  • Engage students in critical examination of extant theories of sociology.
  • Provide students with a foundation in sociological research methods.
  • Acquaint students with the variety of sub-fields in sociology.
  • Prepare student for careers or graduate level studies in sociology.
  • Identify the core insights of the discipline by distinguishing, in written examination, differences between its contributions compared to the contributions of the discipline of psychology.
  • Apply the major concepts of sociology by integration and synthesis of ideas in the capstone course.
  • Apply major theories of sociology by integration and synthesis of ideas in the capstone course.
  • Understand the limitations of sociological theories by critique and comparative analysis assignments.
  • Describe sociological research methods.
  • Explain the relevance of sociology for understanding social issues.


Growth in student internships – 25% of majors worked in with a community agency in the 2019-2020 academic year
Increase in community-based research – Graduating seniors in spring 2020 are exploring the challenges associated with the graying of Beaufort County and how the area can better serve our aging population
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What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
Career Paths
  • Social science research
  • Social services
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Community organization
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • Frances Marion University
  • Kennesaw State University
Graduate Schools
  • Local school systems
  • Local health care agencies

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017