What is a sociology degree?

Studying patterns of behaviors in societies is the first step toward understanding individuals’ choices and opportunities. Why are some people marginalized while some are not? What are the power dynamics in diverse communities, and how can we help foster societies that not only coexist, but thrive?

Why study sociology at Furman?

Ponder big questions of social constructs in a small classroom setting. Reach beyond the classroom and analyze patterns of societal behavior in other countries through faculty-led foreign study. Artfully blending theoretical and research-oriented courses, the curriculum gives students a way to delve into the nuances of society and social institutions centered around race, class and gender/sexuality. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

A signature component of sociology at Furman is robust, research methods training that spans three semesters. Develop qualitative and quantitative research skills by collecting and analyzing your own data, then present your findings at a scholarly conference. Travel with faculty to Denmark to examine the science and culture of happiness or join a three-week May Experience course on campus to explore the intersection of broader social contexts and your own family history in “Family Tree Sociology.” Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Sociology courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

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  • 99%
    Students who conduct research
  • 63%
    Students who choose to double major
  • 45%
    Students who participate in study away
What our students say
“Furman, and sociology specifically, have pushed me to think more critically about the world around me and helped me gain a new and better perspective.”
– Carolyn Shankwiler ’21

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s sociology faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

Sarah Adeyinka-Skold

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Yang Gao

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Claire Gilliland

Visiting Professor, Sociology

Amy Jonason

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Ken Kolb

Professor and Chair, Sociology

Kyle Longest

Associate Academic Dean; Professor of Sociology

Kristy Maher

Professor, Sociology

Joseph Merry

Associate Professor, Sociology

Claire Whitlinger

Associate Professor of Sociology; Program Founder, Intergroup Dialogue Program; Co-Director, Intergroup Dialogue Program
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