BS Sociology

Discover the exciting world of sociology. Gain valuable insight into social institutions and human social behavior --- perfect for a career in business, social services and community advocacy. Continue your studies in a variety of graduate areas, including social work, counseling and sociological research.

Program Description

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The BS program in sociology offers courses on contemporary social issues (like crime and population trends), as well as explore social institutions such as family, education, religion and the workplace. Students develop proficiency in written communication, computer skills, statistical analysis and research methodology.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in sociology may not pursue a concurrent degree with the Bachelor of Science in family and human development due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

An undergraduate degree in sociology provides excellent preparation for future graduate work in:

  • law
  • health-related professions
  • social work and counseling
  • sociological research

The degree also prepares undergraduates for direct entry into positions in:

  • business
  • government
  • social service

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $35,960
  Bright Outlook

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 5.8%
  • Median Salary*: $49,210
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)

  • Growth: 7.0%
  • Median Salary*: $63,490
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 10.5%
  • Median Salary*: $52,920
  Bright Outlook

Probation Officer

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $55,690

Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Growth: 10.3%
  • Median Salary*: $37,530
  Bright Outlook

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  Bright Outlook

Social Worker

  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $48,430
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: $86,110

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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