From tribal communities to global industrial processes, social relationships and institutions are the fabric of societies across the globe.

At its core, sociology is the study of human behavior in a group setting. Sociology majors develop a number of practical scientific skills including research, computer and statistical, with the opportunity to apply these skills by participating in faculty research projects as early as freshman year. Studying sociology gives you the ability to analyze information, reach a meaningful conclusion, and communicate and apply that knowledge in various complex situations.


At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. As a Coker sociology major, you will learn how to learn—and with internships and an individual capstone research project to prepare you for the professional world, you graduate with all the tools you need to build a successful career.



A concentration in criminology is available to students who are interested in careers in law enforcement, correction, and other criminal justice agencies.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

Combining the skills and methodology of the sciences with the critical thinking of the humanities, sociology is one of the most versatile majors available. Coker’s sociology program prepares you for graduate school or a career in a variety of fields, including social services, government, health care, journalism, politics, public relations, public administration, and business.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your sociology degree:

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Human Resources Admin.
  • Psychologist
  • Advertising Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialists
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Career Counselor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Comm. Serv. Agency Dir.
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Customer Service Director
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Sociologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Personnel Manager
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Psychiatrist
  • Youth Counselor
Todd C. Couch

Todd C. Couch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology; Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Coordinator of the Forensic Studies Specialization and Sociology Program; Program Coordinator for the M.S. in Criminal and Social Justice Policy Program

Mal Hyman

Mal Hyman, M.A.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Danny Malone

Danny Malone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology; Coordinator of the African American Studies Concentration

Michael L. Siegfried

Michael L. Siegfried, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminology and Sociology