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Sociology (BA)

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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 a career or further education. 

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 Africa.

  • There are six full-time faculty with expertise spanning social psychology, religion, health, globalization, gender and race stratification, and more. Their regional expertise includes everything from Western Africa to the Middle East to 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. The curriculum boasts a breadth of core sociology knowledge that includes: Macro, micro, sociology, anthropology, global, domestic, theory and application. Students 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.

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Our Students After Graduation...


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Underground Railroad
Peace Corps
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Graduate Programs

University of Michigan
Michigan State University
Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Municipal and State Government
Marketing and Advertising
Organizational Research

  • 9% projected growth for the employment of sociologists through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $82,050 is the median yearly pay for sociologists in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With an undergraduate degree in Sociology, students are prepared to face challenges and opportunities in a wide variety of careers, as well as continuing their education in graduate programs across the nation. 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.

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