Your Future in Sociology

A degree in sociology from Charleston Southern University provides valuable insights into social issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, deviance, urbanization, family, socioeconomic status, health and wellness, all with a sociological insight that is critical for working in multiethnic global environments. The Bachelor of Science in sociology program provides internships and directed research opportunities, along with hands-on social research and a research practicum where students collect and analyze their own sociological data. Students have interned at the Department of Social Services, the Department of Justice, Children’s Advocacy Centers, Palmetto Warriors and other social institutions.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Kathleen Love

Kathleen Love

Chair of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Gary Metts

Gary Metts

Assistant Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sociology: a passion for community

Charleston Southern sociology majors learn effective communication and critical thinking skills along with a global viewpoint, which are valuable in almost any job setting.

As an Sociology major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • The Development of Sociological Theory
  • Introduction to Behavioral Statistics
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Social Research Practicum 

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Grant Writing
  • Human Services 
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Marketing

You can choose from these emphases.

This degree emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in areas of policy analysis, evaluation research and human systems. You’ll study topics of poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, culture, religion, education and developing studies. Students choose this degree when looking for a broad study of social dimensions of human behavior and developing methods of improvement and enrichment.

Sociology with a human services emphasis combines critical sociology courses with online business courses. If you have a desire to help others and desire work in the growing human services field, this is the major for you.

The human services emphasis provides additional study in important aspects of functioning in human services organizations that will help develop skills in budgeting, marketing, resource management and entrepreneurship. With this emphasis, you can pursue a career in human services organizations, nonprofit organizations and business fields. Opportunities exist to intern in agencies where you may wish to work in the future. Also available is a grant writing class leading to working with a human services agency to create a fundable proposal.

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish.

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.

The undergraduate sociology program at Charleston Southern opened me up to a different way of thinking, understanding and empathizing with the diverse world around me. In my academic journey at CSU, studying and learning from the professors, I was able to see the passion burning in them. From the projects to the papers and the daily lessons, those professors impacted me more than they will ever know.

Bethany Douglas Proffitt / sociology and psychology, ’15Pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling, Liberty University Online

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