Sociology, BS

At a Glance: program details

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

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Are you interested in the study of social interaction and social structures? Gain valuable insight into the underlying institutions that guide human social behavior by learning about culture, relationships and social issues. With these skills, you'll be prepared to understand and serve people and communities.

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 phenomena such as crime, population trends and technology, as well as on the exploration of social institutions such as family, health, sports, law and the workplace. Students develop proficiency in written communication, statistical analysis and research methodology, and gain computer skills.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

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.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

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Career Outlook

An undergraduate degree in sociology prepares students for direct entry into positions in:

  • business
  • government
  • social service

The degree also provides excellent preparation for future graduate and postbaccalaureate studies in:

  • health care
  • law
  • social work and counseling
  • sociological research

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:

Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 38520
  Bright Outlook

Social Science Research Assistants

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 50470
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialists

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 64240
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselors

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 59200

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: 59860

Rehabilitation Counselors

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: 39990

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: 50820
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

* 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

Students explore different cultures and social dynamics when studying abroad and develop in-demand professional skills such as teamwork and problem-solving. Students can stay on track academically while earning ASU credit over winter or spring break trips. Among the opportunities available are homestays, which enable students to make connections with families in other countries.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs for students majoring in sociology.

Attend Online

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.

Program Contact Information

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