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The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA in sociology in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

Sociology is the study of the organization and development of societies and the institutions within them. The sociology program helps students better understand the development, structure, interaction and collective behavior of organized groups. The program explores the theories, practices, and policies underlying the issues of social change, inequality and diversity. This degree program provides training in important research skills used to describe, interpret and evaluate evidence across diverse settings and designs important in the new economy.

This is a flexible program that provides opportunities for students to work collaboratively with faculty on intellectual and policy issues and helps them develop the research skills necessary for the analysis of complex social issues.

Graduates are prepared for employment in corporate or governmental organizations or to continue their studies in graduate programs in sociology, social science or professional schools.

Program Offered

Sociology, BA

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New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

West, Lake Havasu City

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Career Outlook

Graduates apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in:

  • business and management
  • government
  • social services
  • the criminal justice system
  • the health professions

Coursework in sociology provides a valuable preparation for careers in:

  • journalism
  • law
  • politics
  • public administration
  • public relations
  • nonprofit sector

These are all fields that involve investigative skills and an ability to work with diverse groups. Graduates with an advanced degree in sociology may become:

  • community activists
  • community developers
  • criminologists
  • demographers
  • gerontologists
  • organizational advocate
  • research analysts
  • statisticians
  • survey researchers
  • urban planners

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$81,580
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
City and Regional Planning Aides4.3%$46,000
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Judicial Law Clerks5.5%$51,330
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$104,910
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers4%$94,790
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 10%$64,480
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 9.9%$64,370
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 9.8%$73,080
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250

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

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