This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.
Sociology is the study of human social interactions. Students who major in this field investigate social life and social change, plus the social causes and consequences of human behavior.
In order to fully understand social behaviors, students must have the ability to view the world through multiple lenses. As such, sociology programs blend coursework in economics, political science, psychology and history with the sociology curriculum to help students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.
The list below breaks down the top 10 places to get a sociology degree in the U.S, based on College Factual’s ranking methodology. Salary data has been provided by PayScale.
1. University of California-Berkeley
UC Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. While the school boasts a large student body, the good student to faculty ratio keeps classes small and allows students to work closely with professors.
The sociology program typically ranks among the top programs in the country. The undergraduate program offers a variety of classes ranging from global health and social justice to innovation and entrepreneurship. This program helps prepare students to find positions across numerous specializations, earning an average starting salary of $49,000 and an average mid-career salary of $78,000.
2. University of California-Santa Barbara
The sociology program at the University of California-Santa Barbara is one of the largest programs in the country. It includes coursework in gender, sexuality, race, globalization and other social movements…