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Sociology

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Sociology

Why Study Sociology?

In sociology, you learn to use scientific research methods to explore a wide variety of topics, including the organization of human interaction, the influence of groups on behavior, the structure of societies, patterns of social change, and the role of institutions in social life.

Students of sociology seek to understand the world around them from a historical, critical perspective, and the tools gained from studying sociology are relevant to both personal and occupational success.

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30Honors and McNair Scholars
78% job satisfaction rate
85% of graduates report career advancement

What Will I Learn?

In sociology, you learn to use scientific research methods to explore a wide variety of topics, including the organization of human interaction, the influence of groups on behavior, the structure of societies, patterns of social change, and the role of institutions in social life.

Students can study topics focusing on social diversity and inequality, including race, gender, social class, and globalization; as well as topics such as the family, immigration, education, criminology, deviant behavior, health and medical issues, film, and social psychology.

Research-Driven Faculty

Our sociology faculty are engaged in interesting and relevant research topics like border and immigration issues, alternative medicine, obsessive-compulsive disorder, school violence and elementary school success. The faculty welcome undergraduate participation in their research and are involved in helping students conduct and present their own research.

In addition to working with Honors and McNair scholars, faculty advise students working on independent research through the program thesis option or Independent Studies courses. Students have presented their research at a variety of conferences including USM’s Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity, Southern Sociological Society meetings, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

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Sociology BSHattiesburg, Online 100%
Sociology Minor
  • Human and Social Services Worker
  • Program Evaluation and Analyst
  • Public Relations Analyst
  • Social Researcher
  • Counselor
  • Law and Human Rights Advocate
  • John Barr, 2012, 
    Writer's Assistant at Hulu, Los Angeles, CA
  • Samantha Herrington, 2013, 
    Development Officer at Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
  • Gordon Sullivan, 2010,
    Operations Coordinator, One Roof, Birmingham, AL
  • Lesley Brumfield, 2012, 
     Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Scholarships, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Allison Graff, 2012, 
    Therapist, Community Youth Services, Olympia, WA
  • Jasmine Whiteside, 2015,
    Pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH