Sociology Program

Sociology is the scientific systematic study of human social relationships and institutions. Subject matter within sociology is broad and diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology's purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Bachelor of Science Sociology Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology requires 120 semester hours to complete. In addition to general studies requirements, students must meet all University requirements (e.g. grades of "C" or better in Gordon Rule Courses), and grades of "C" or above in all sociology courses. A minimum of 30 semester hours are required of all majors and 6 hours of prerequisite courses. SYG 2000 "Introduction to Sociology"; and SYG 2010 "Social Problems" are the prerequisite courses.  The required core courses are SYA 3010 "Sociological Theory"; SYA 3300 "Research Methods"; SYA 3400 "Social Statistics"; SYA 4930 "Senior Seminar in Sociology"; and SYD 4730 “Sociology of the Black Experience.”

A minor is required for sociology majors. The minor requires eighteen (18) credit hours of course work in an approved field. The curriculum for the minor follows the requirements specified by the minor field. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

Students who choose to minor in sociology must complete at least 18 semester hours in sociology courses with a grade of "C" or better and must complete successfully the following required courses:

  • SYG 2000 "Introduction to Sociology"
  • SYA 3010 "Sociological Theory"
  • SYA 3300 "Research Methods"
  • And 9 additional semester hours in the discipline

Students who major or minor in sociology may use up to six semester hours in anthropology, in lieu of sociology elective courses, towards their major or minor. 

Students may minor in anthropology. Students must complete successfully:

  • ANT 2000 "Introduction to Anthropology"
  • ANT 2511 "Emergence of Man"
  • And 12 additional semester hours in the discipline.


Sociology Program

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology requires 120 semester hours to complete. In addition to general studies requirements, students must meet all University requirements.

Students in sociology class  

The course offering indicates courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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The degree audit is a management tool to indicate what major courses have been completed and which are needed to earn a BS in Sociology degree.

Career Opportunities

*May require additional certification(s) and/or advanced level degree.

Border Services Officer
Census Field Officer
Citizenship & Immigration Officer
Economic Development Officer
Foreign Service Officer
Human Rights Officer
Legislative Assistant
Political Aide
Public Policy Analyst

Abuse/Addiction/Rehab Counselor*
Adoption Counselor
Career Counselor
Child and Youth Worker
Health Care Administrator
Housing Support Worker
Public Health Inspector
Recreation Coordinator
Refugee Services Coordinator
Social Case Worker
Urban/Regional Planner*
Volunteer Manager
Youth Outreach Worker

Child Development Worker
Education Administrator
Education Policy Analyst
School Counselor*

School Resource Officer
Advertising Executive
Communications Specialist
Diversity Coordinator
Labor Relations Officer
Project Manager*
Public Relations Specialist
Real Estate Appraiser*
Travel Agent
Union Communication Specialist
Market Research Analyst
Social Welfare Research Officer
Case Management Officer
Correctional Officer
Court Administrator/Clerk
Court Reporter
Crime Prevention Specialist
Family Court Support Worker
Police Officer
Probation Officer
Social Program Officer
Victim Advocate/Services Worker
Youth Court Worker


More on Sociology Careers

Sociology majors offer a variety of positions to better understand the behaviors of society and human beings. 

Sociologist working with client  

Careers in Sociology are found at a variety of private and governmental agencies.

Contact Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Phone: (850) 599-3316,  Fax: (850) 599-8541
1740 South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Perry Paige #403
Tallahassee, Florida 32307