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Programs in Sociology

The Sociology Program at Coastal Carolina University enrolls approximately 100 majors. Classes are usually of moderate size ranging from 15 to 40 students. Individual attention is available to all students, and faculty advisors work closely with students concerning academic advisement and career choices. The bachelor of arts degree program provides students with a solid background in traditional areas of sociology, including course work in social problems, sociological theory, social structures, the individual in society, and research methods in the social sciences. In addition to approximately 53 hours of core curriculum courses, sociology majors complete at least 33 hours of specialized sociology courses.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in internships with various local agencies, including agencies for spouse abuse, child abuse, law enforcement, care of the elderly, community recreation programs, and alcohol and drug programs. Some students have presented information and data from their internship experiences at local and regional meetings and conferences. Independent study opportunities allow students to work closely with a faculty member in an area of interest to the student where a traditional course is not offered. Students also have the opportunity to earn elective credit for volunteer work in various community organizations, including mental health centers, rape crisis agencies, and agencies which care for special needs children. Students may quality for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.



A major in Sociology offers students a thorough foundation in sociological theory and research methods in the social sciences. In addition, students can select from a variety of courses including sociology of religion, the family, poverty, crime, and other topical areas of interest. Sociology majors often seek employment with social service agencies, government programs, and in areas relating to criminal justice and social work.



A minor in Sociology offers students majoring in other fields a foundation in core areas of sociology through course work in introductory sociology as well as upper level courses such as demography, social structures, and sociological theory. A total of 21 credit hours in approved course work is required to complete the minor.



This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in the study of aging. The 21 credit (seven course) undergraduate certificate program is open to any degree-seeking student currently enrolled in a degree program at the University, and individuals holding a baccalaureate degree who desire specialized studies. The multi-disciplinary nature of the program allows individuals of different interests and backgrounds to develop specializations in line with their unique needs that are applicable in a rapidly growing market segment. More information.

Contact Us

Main Office
Brittain Hall 231

Department Chair
Bob Jenkot
Associate Professor of Sociology
rjenkot@coastal.edu ‌

Administrative Specialist
Amy Haggard

Mailing Address
Department of Sociology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528-6054

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