The Sociology major offers two degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. Both degrees prepare students for a variety of professional careers related to human resources, management, public relations, social services, criminal justice, health services, social research, and other people-oriented positions in the public and private sector. In addition, the Bachelor’s degree provides excellent preparation for graduate training in sociology, anthropology, social services, law, and business. Both degrees require a total of 120 credits, including 38 credits in sociology or rural sociology, as identified below. At least 12 of the 38 credits must be from 4000-level sociology or rural sociology courses. Additional electives are added to meet the minimum of 120 hours required for graduation. Courses used to fulfill General Education Requirements and departmental math or science requirements may be used to fulfill minor requirements. Courses that fulfill emphasis area and stratification requirements may not double count with minor requirements.
Change of Major into Sociology
Students who change majors into Sociology must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Clemson and must have a 2.0 minimum Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average.
Emphasis Areas in Sociology
Students select one of the following Emphasis Areas:
- Community Studies: SOC 4590 , SOC 4950 , and either RS 3010 or SOC 3310 ; plus nine additional credits selected from all courses offered in sociology or rural sociology not already taken to fulfill requirements.
- General Sociology: Eighteen credits selected from all courses offered in sociology or rural sociology not already taken to fulfill requirements.
- Social Services: SOC 3800 , SOC 4140 and SOC 4950 ; and nine additional credits selected from all courses offered in sociology or rural sociology not already taken to fulfill requirements.
- Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement 3 Credits 2
- Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement 3 Credits 2
- Departmental Math or Science Requirement 3 Credits 3
- Minor Requirement 3 Credits 4
- Elective 3 Credits
- Departmental Math or Science Requirement 6 Credits 3
- Emphasis Area Requirement 3 Credits 5
- Stratification Requirement 3 Credits 6
- Elective 3 Credits
1 Select MATH 1010 , MATH 1020 , or MATH 1060 .
2 See General Education Requirements . (Note: Social Science Requirement must be in an area other than sociology.)
3 Select from ANTH 3310 , ANTH 3510 , ANTH 3530 , ANTH 4510 , ANTH 4530 or ANTH 4660 , or any course in AGM, ASTR, AVS, BCHM, BE, BIOE, BIOL, BMOL, BT, CE, CES, CH, CHE, CPSC, CSM, CVT, ECE, EES, EM, ENGR, ENR, ENSP, ENT, ETOX, FDSC, FNR, FOR, GEN, GEOL, HCG, HLTH, HORT, IE, MATH, ME, MICR, MSE, NURS, NUTR, PES, PHSC, PHYS, PKSC, PLPA, STAT or WFB.
4 See Minors .
5 See emphasis area requirements in program description above.
6 Select SOC 3600 , SOC 4600 , or SOC 4610 .
NOTE: Courses that fulfill emphasis area and stratification requirements may not double count with minor requirements.