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Sociology (BA)


Are you fascinated by the different ways people live? Are you interested in how people organize and behave in groups? Maybe you’re passionate about social issues, or driven to help people, and see yourself as someone who can impact the world in positive ways. Sociologists are the people who study social life, from momentary interactions between individuals to society-wide structures of organization. Sociology fosters not only the recognition that we live in a complex and diverse world, but it offers skills in helping to investigate and shape the social world. In the SVSU Sociology program, you will have two options, the Diversity track and the Applied track, for developing the competencies of sociologists. Sociology students have opportunities to conduct guided research and present or publish their work through venues such as the Michigan Sociological Association Annual Conference. Sociology majors who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SVSU take with them knowledge and experience that prepares them for careers in a variety of fields and professions or to continue their education in a graduate program.

Cardinal Points

  • Students can work as interns in non-profits, large corporations, or local governments.

  • Students can earn a specialization in applied sociology or social diversity, or maintain a general approach in their studies.

  • Sociology faculty organizes study abroad opportunities in destinations such as India, France, Spain, and West Africa.

  • Six full-time faculty with expertise spanning social psychology, religion, health, globalization, gender and race stratification and applied sociology/anthropology — and their regional expertise includes Western Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia.

Sociology majors at SVSU study complex, challenging, and contemporary issues and forces that impact social structures and interactions, including race, gender, power and politics. For example, you might examine the immediate and long-term impact of social and economic inequality on a community, or how drought alters the cultural and geographic landscape of a region. The curriculum boasts a breadth of core sociology knowledge that includes: macro/micro, sociology/anthropology, global/domestic, and theory/applicationStudents hone applied methods for research, interpretation, and presentation of information, and consider how they might translate into cultural awareness, educational initiatives and the development of community programs, while participating in research projects.

Core Courses

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Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Beyond The Books

Our Students After Graduation...


Robert Half International
Underground Railroad
Peace Corps
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Graduate Programs

University of Michigan
Michigan State University
Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Municipal and State Government
Marketing and Advertising
Organizational Research

  • $82,050 is the median yearly pay for sociologists in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  •  An undergraduate degree in Sociology can prepare you to further your education for careers such as case manager, substance abuse counselor, and researcher.

  • SVSU Sociology students are prepared to face the challenges and opportunities in a wide variety of careers as well as continuing their education in graduate programs across the nation. Whether you choose the Diversity Track or the Applied Track, you will gain the knowledge and experience at SVSU to set you apart for success in your chosen field. SVSU Sociology graduates take with them the tools to make a difference wherever they go in the world—from nonprofit organizations to business to government. 

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Alexandria Miller Sociology Major Flint water crisis research

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