Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior and interaction, which is greatly influenced by religious, ethical, and social beliefs. A degree in sociology can lead to endless employment opportunities in the following areas: criminal justice, education, research and planning, government, business and industry, and human services. Job titles include teacher, counselor, administrator, manager, and analyst. Sociologists prepare reports; examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups; design research projects to test social issue theories; and analyze and draw conclusions from data collected through surveys, observations, and interviews.
Vital skills include critical-thinking, communication, and problem-solving. Sociology majors devote a lot of time to writing and research. Instruction includes social theory, race and ethnicity, humanities, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and urban sociology. Students also have the option of specializing in a wide range of topics: gender, poverty, crime, and education are just a few.
The 2010 median pay for sociologists was $72,360, but the entry-level education was at the master's degree level. There are two types of sociology master's degree programs: traditional programs and applied, clinical, and professional programs.
The UCLA Department of Sociology was founded in 1948, and boasts a faculty of internationally renowned scholars and award-winning instructors who are addressing a wide range of topics from the dynamics of social interaction to the impact of globalization. The Student Research Program (SRP) gives students the opportunity to do research and work individually with participating faculty members. Juniors and seniors are able to participate in the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) a two-quarter course offered by the Division of Social Sciences that mentors non-profit organizations in developing new social ventures to create earned income opportunities.
In addition to non-profit experience the SEA provides students with market research, consulting, teamwork, networking, and public speaking skills. Not sure what you want to do after graduation? The upper division Careers in Sociology course helps students learn about the many career opportunities available to sociology majors and teaches students to use their interests, needs and skills to make effective career choices. The department accepts applications for the PhD program only, however students may be awarded an M.A. on the way to being awarded a PhD.
University of Southern California offers 3 Sociology degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 82 Sociology students graduated with students earning 65 Bachelor's degrees, 11 Master's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.
University of California-Irvine offers 3 Sociology degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 273 Sociology students graduated with students earning 250 Bachelor's degrees, 12 Doctoral degrees, and 11 Master's degrees.
Founded in 1959, the Department of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton boasts an impressive student to teacher ratio of 18-to-1. Sociology majors examine individual, community-based, institutional, and ideological causes, consequences and intersections of various social inequalities and social stratification systems. While sociology undergraduate majors are not required to select a concentration, there are three available: social inequalities, sociology of deviance and crime, and health and social welfare.
The faculty of nationally and internationally recognized scholars conduct academic research on a wide variety of subjects including race and ethnic relations, education, demography, gender and sexualities, crime and deviance, health and illness, economic sociology, political sociology, religion, and migration and globalization. CSUF also accepts graduate applications for a Master of Arts in sociology that offers an opportunity to broaden one's knowledge of society, strengthen skills of sociological analysis and conduct research in depth in an area of particular interest. Degrees are awarded through either a project, thesis or comprehensive exam track, and while the university does not offer a PhD program, it is recommended that those who want to pursue a doctoral degree choose the thesis option.
Students looking to get their Bachelor of Arts in sociology from California State University, Long Beach have four different concentrations available to them: deviance and social control, interaction and group relations, sociology of health and medicine, and social change and global issues. “Through coursework, internships and faculty mentoring of student research the Department encourages a commitment to social change and social justice based on an appreciation of social and intellectual diversity and an awareness of social inequality,” explains the Department of Sociology Chairperson, Dr. Kristine Zentgraf, on the CSULB website. While there is no PhD program available at CSULB, there is a Master of Arts program in applied sociology that is structured around two concentrations, the sociology of health and medicine or community development and social change, along with a community-based scholar internship which gives students the opportunity to use their classroom knowledge and skills in the real-world setting of a local or regional community organization.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||21 : 1||44,371|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||48,321|
|University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA||26 : 1||36,908|
|Pomona College Claremont, CA||7 : 1||1,637|
|Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA||8 : 1||1,346|
|Occidental College Los Angeles, CA||10 : 1||1,985|
|California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA||40 : 1||40,445|
|Pepperdine University Malibu, CA||22 : 1||8,824|
|California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA||36 : 1||38,674|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA||44 : 1||28,058|
|Chapman University Orange, CA||18 : 1||9,850|
|Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA||16 : 1||9,822|
|California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA||44 : 1||39,910|
|California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||39 : 1||26,671|
|California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson, CA||45 : 1||17,977|
|Pitzer College Claremont, CA||11 : 1||1,086|
|Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA||21 : 1||9,297|
|Whittier College Whittier, CA||14 : 1||1,841|
|University of La Verne La Verne, CA||29 : 1||7,396|
|Scripps College Claremont, CA||11 : 1||1,109|