Sociology | Winthrop University


Bachelor of Arts

Winthrop offers the intimate faculty-student connection and quality of a private institution, but with a public university price-tag. The complimentary way that sociology, criminology and anthropology courses overlap in our program gives our students much more breadth than they get at other institutions. What unites these three areas of study is our faculty’s focus on social inequality and social change. Winthrop’s sociology, criminology and anthropology program is unique in its multidisciplinary perspective, its intense focus on career-readiness courses and its high-touch approach to student mentoring.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • 174 Power Global Corporation
  • Amgen
  • Apex Systems
  • Basware
  • City of Hutchinson Kansas
  • City of Moline
  • Consultant: Non-profit Development
  • e2o
  • Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina
  • Mecklenburg County
  • Palmetto Engineering & Consulting
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • ResCare
  • Scheef & Stone, LLP
  • Spartanburg Housing Authority
  • Spartina 449
  • The Lane Construction Corporation
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • UF Health Jacksonville
  • Westat

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Case Manager
  • Chief Digital & Innovation Officer and Executive Leadership Team
  • Community and Economic Development Director
  • Director Of Planning And Development
  • Director of Private Events
  • Director of Resident Services and Community Engagement
  • Director of Training Programs
  • Director, Consulting Services
  • Financial Advisor/Area Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Lead Business Strategist
  • Partner
  • Police Officer
  • President
  • Project Manager
  • QP
  • Resource Center Manager - Human Resources
  • Sr. Compliance Officer

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Financial Services
  3. Government Administration
  4. Hospital & Health Care
  5. Retail
  6. Real Estate
  7. Insurance
  8. Law Enforcement
  9. Banking
  10. Law Practice

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

    Sociology is the study of human social behavior, its causes and consequences. The subject matter ranges from the intimate family to mob behavior; from crime to religion; from the divisions based on race, sex and social class, to the shared beliefs of an entire society and culture; from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport. Few fields of study have such a broad scope and relevance to problems and issues of society today.


    This option provides training for a wide variety of occupations such as law enforcement and the judiciary.


    Students in this concentration are exposed to all areas of specialization: cultural, biological, archaelogy and linguistics. Students will be well-grounded in a variety of social science methods. Careers include teaching, research and museum work.


    This option studies racial and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, social class and economic analysis, as well as inequalities related to age and disability.


Why Winthrop?

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Undergraduate Research

100 percent of majors develop their own research question, engage in research ethics training, analyze data, write up a report, and present their findings.

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Student Support

Books for the first five core classes are provided to students for free, along with free tutoring in the department's work center.

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Personalized Guidance

Students take a career development course freshman year, meet with faculty advisors every semester, and take Senior Seminar before graduating.

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Beyond Graduation

"I was able to secure a job immediately after graduation, and also get accepted to graduate school a year later. The sociological elements that I learned have helped me eliminate my own biases and allowed me to see the world from the perspective of others."

Michael Hadjuk, Class of 2017