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 undergraduate curriculum at UC Riverside teaches students about a wide range of sociological topics including ethnicity, race and class inequality, gender, social stratification, sociology of education, the city and urban problems, the environment, sociology of religion, crime and deviance and global social change. Not only can you choose between a B.A. and B.S. in sociology, you can also choose between majors in sociology/administrative studies, and sociology/law and society. The graduate program does not offer a free-standing master’s degree, but offers a M.A. degree as part of the required progress towards a PhD. Candidates must choose two areas of specialization from the following: criminology and socio-legal studies, gender studies, organizations and institutions, political economy and global social change, race and class inequality, social psychology, and sociological theory.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA||26 : 1||25,547|
|California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA||41 : 1||20,638|
|La Sierra University Riverside, CA||23 : 1||2,159|
|California Baptist University Riverside, CA||31 : 1||11,045|
|College of the Desert Palm Desert, CA||75 : 1||11,919|
|Riverside City College Riverside, CA||80 : 1||21,118|
|Norco College Norco, CA||120 : 1||11,715|
|Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA||92 : 1||22,731|
|Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree, CA||53 : 1||1,533|
|Victor Valley College Victorville, CA||93 : 1||13,126|
|Crafton Hills College Yucaipa, CA||87 : 1||6,749|
|Palo Verde College Blythe, CA||142 : 1||4,540|
|Barstow Community College Barstow, CA||72 : 1||3,078|
|Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA||104 : 1||10,635|
|San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino, CA||82 : 1||14,872|