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The study of human social relationships, society social interaction and culture which surrounds and makes an impact on our everyday lifestyles. In simple terms, Sociology can be defined as the general science of society. The traditional focus of sociology includes social stratification social class, social mobility, religion, secularization, law, gender and deviance. Sociology covers all spheres of human activity which range from the institute of medicine, economy, military to the internet, education, social capital and other various aspects which affect human lives.

The 21st century has seen the rise of new analytically, mathematically and computationally rigorous techniques. There are famous philosophers who have played a major role in the field of Sociology such as Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, who set out to develop scientifically justified systems in the wake of the European industrialization and secularization, affected by various key movements in the philosophies of history and science. Herbert Spencer was one of the popular sociologists and is the one who coined the term, ‘Survival of the fittest’.

Sociologists emphasize on the gathering and analysis of evidence about how social life has changed according to the time. Sociologists conduct research methods and theories on the shaping of human lifestyles and social problems. Some of the specialized fields in Sociology are:

Applied Sociology

Collective Behaviour

Community

Comparative Sociology

Crime and Delinquency

Cultural Sociology

Demography

Similar Subjects to Sociology

Candidates can check the below given table to know about the similar subjects to Sociology:

Anthropology

Communication Studies

Economics

Geography

History

Languages

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Religious Studies

Skills Required for Sociology

Apart from the academic qualifications, candidates need to possess certain skillset to make a career in Sociology. Given below in the table are some of qualities required for the field:

Skillset for Sociology

Knowledge

Curiosity

Enthusiasm

Passionate

Avid Reader

Analytical

Dedicated

Fact-Finding

Well Organised

Logical

Investigative

Systematic

Methodical

Meticulous

Diligent

Hard Working

Courses Offered in Sociology

Candidates can check the below given table to know about the list of courses offered in Sociology:

Course

Duration

Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor of Arts (BA)  in Sociology

3-Years

The candidate needs to have done their Class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 45% in aggregate marks.

Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology

2-Years

The candidate should have done their BA Programme in any discipline or BA (Hons) with Sociology as a major or minor from a recognised university and should have secured a minimum of 50%.

MPhil in Sociology

2-Years

The candidate should have done their MA in Sociology in from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 55% to be eligible for the course.

PhD in Sociology

2-Years

The candidate should have done their MA or MPhil from a recognised university and should have secured a minimum of 60% to be eligible.

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Sociology Admission Process

Chose University/College: The first step is to search for colleges or universities which are offering programmes and courses in Sociology. Check the fees, the seats offered, eligibility criteria which is set for the course.

Apply for Course: Proceed to apply for admission at the University offering the programme. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee. The application forms are available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.

Mode of Admission: Universities and Colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate courses and above, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam.

Results: Selected and qualified candidates make the merit list. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage, to be eligible for admission.

Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

Top Colleges Offering Sociology Courses

Candidates can check the below given table to know about the top colleges offering Sociology courses:

Top Colleges for Sociology Courses

JNU

DU - Delhi University

LPU

University of Mysore

Jaipur National University

NIMS University

IGNOU - Indira Gandhi National Open University

Pondicherry University

University of Hyderabad

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Job Opportunities after Sociology

There are multiple job opportunities for Sociology graduates. Some of the popular job profiles for Sociology graduates are listed below: 

Job Profiles for Sociology Graduates

Family Counsellor

Human Services Assistant

Social Worker

Labour Leader

Market Survey Researcher

Marriage Counsellor

Social Critic

Rehabilitation Counsellor

Sociologist

Training Advisor

Researcher

Urban Planner

Teacher

Lecturer

Professor

Psychologist

Market Research Analyst

Writer

Employment Areas for Sociology Graduates

The employment areas for Sociology graduates are wide. Some of the popular employement areas for the Sociology candidates are listed below:

Employement Areas for Sociology Candidates 

Rural and Child Welfare

Court

Advertising Agencies

Journalism and Media

Management Consultancy

Hospitals

Schools/Colleges/Universities

Political Campaigns

Media Research

NGO

Education

Child Welfare

FAQs on Sociology

Q. Is Sociology a good degree in India?

A. Yes, Sociology is considered a good degree for candidates due to good job prospects. Apart from the professional growth, sociology also helps in enhancing personal skills. In order to make a career in Sociology, candidates are required to pursue a bachelor's degree in the field.

Q. What are subjects in Sociology?

A. Subjects in Sociology includes Sociology of Education, Economic Sociology, Social Institutions, Life Skill Education, Sociology Development and Women's Studies.

Q. What are the four types of Sociology?

A. Four types of Sociology are Structural-Functional, Social Conflict, Feminism & Symbolic Interactionism.

Q. What can I do after BA in Sociology?

A. After completing BA in Sociology, candidates can work as a Rehabilitation Counsellor, Training Advisor, Community Service Worker, Research Assistant etc. 

Q. Which are the popular colleges offering Sociology courses?

A. Popular colleges offering Sociology courses are JNU, DU - Delhi University, LPU, University of Mysore, Jaipur National University, NIMS University and many more. 

Q. What are the specialised fields in Sociology?

A. Specialised field in Sociology are Applied Sociology, Collective Behaviour, Community, Comparative Sociology, Crime and Delinquency, Cultural Sociology and Demography.

Q. What are the similar subjects to Sociology?

A. Similar subjects to Sociology are Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religious Studies.

Q. What are the popular courses offered in Sociology?

A. Some of the popular courses offered in Sociology are Bachelor of Arts (BA)  in Sociology, Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology, MPhil in Sociology, PhD in Sociology etc.

Q. What are the skills required for Sociology candidates?

A. Important skills required for Sociology candidates are knowledge, curiosity, enthusiasm, passion, analytical skills, well organised, logical thinking, investigative skills, systematic etc. 

Q. What is the scope of Sociology?

A. The scope of Sociology is quite high as candidates can work as a Human Services Assistant, Social Worker, Market Survey Researcher, Social Critic, Sociologist etc after completing Sociology course.

Q. Which are popular fields where a Sociology graduates can get job?

A. A Sociology graduates can work in various fields like Court, Journalism and Media, Media Research, Education, Media Welfare, NGOs etc.

Popular Sociology Colleges in India

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Popular Sociology UG Courses in India

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Popular Sociology PG Courses in India

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Is there any public English medium university in Bangalore which have a criminology stream?

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Sampda raj

Contributor-Level 8

3 days ago

Acharya Institute of Graduate Studies (AIGS)
This is the institute in the Bangalore.

How is the placement for M.Sc in Environmental Science in IGNOU?

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sharath

Beginner-Level 1

4 days ago

IGNOU has its own placement cell called CPC. The cell conducts on-campus and off-campus placement and employability enhancement activities at the head office and its regional centres. It can be observed that the number has grown tremendously over the years. Compared to 2018, 2019 witnessed a 2.9%...IGNOU has its own placement cell called CPC. The cell conducts on-campus and off-campus placement and employability enhancement activities at the head office and its regional centres. It can be observed that the number has grown tremendously over the years. Compared to 2018, 2019 witnessed a 2.9% increase in the number of students who participated in the placements. It can be observed that the number has grown tremendously over the years. IGNOU now Offering Master of Science Programme in Environmental Science (MSCENV) Indira Gandhi National Open University offers admission to Master in Environmental Science for the January 2022 and July sessions.
Career Scope of M.Sc. Environmental Science
Environmental Consultant. Environmental Scientist. Environmental Science Manager. Wildlife Filmmaker. Environmental Journalists. Director of Waste Management. Environmental Photographer. Lecturer and many more. IGNOU Distance M.Sc. is beneficial for students in many ways. First of all, the degree offered by the university is valuable and recognised by UGC-DEB. The degrees offered by IGNOU is valid not only in India but also abroad. In this sector, you can be employed by various organizations are such as Pollution Control Board, Water Authority and Urban Planning. Many private organizations like Food processing industries, Refineries, Distilleries and Fertilizer plants are also offering various job opportunities for the graduates in this field. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 9,400 openings for environmental scientists and specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

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Pranav Kaushal

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4 days ago

Can I pursue Masters degree in a different subject?

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MALABIKA BHAKTA

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6 days ago

Usually, subjects or specification in which you have completed your 3 years bachelor's degree or graduation, after it, you can only get admitted in masters degree of those relative subjects . In other way, you can get arts subject in masters degree after completing graduation in any science subje...Usually, subjects or specification in which you have completed your 3 years bachelor's degree or graduation, after it, you can only get admitted in masters degree of those relative subjects . In other way, you can get arts subject in masters degree after completing graduation in any science subject but you can never get admissions in a science subject in masters degree after completing graduation in arts subjects.

I am a vocational group student. Can I join this criminology course? I am very interested in this course.

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heena agrawal

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2 weeks ago

Hi.
The candidate should have passed +2 I PUC or any Equivalent course with 50% of marks.
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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (English, Political Science, Sociology) at RDVV Jabalpur.

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The best and most accurate way to know the cutoff is to visit the official website of the college or university.
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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Ph.D. in Sociology at Kedar Nath Girdhari Lal Khatri (Post Graduate) College.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology at M.A.M College.

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What are the admission criteria and exams for M.A. Sociology?

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Hi Nitika Devi,The M.A. Sociology admission process begins with the student having a minimum aggregate score of 45% to 50% in B.A. Sociology or any other equivalent degree from any recognized college or institute, passing marks on entrance exams conducted by national bodies, institutes, or a grou...Hi Nitika Devi,
The M.A. Sociology admission process begins with the student having a minimum aggregate score of 45% to 50% in B.A. Sociology or any other equivalent degree from any recognized college or institute, passing marks on entrance exams conducted by national bodies, institutes, or a group of institutes. Duration: Course Duration of Master of Arts. Similar Options of Study: M.A. (Political Science),. Full-Form: Master of Arts in Sociology.

How many elective subjects are present in this course?

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Charu Maheshwari

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2 weeks ago

Hii!
Which course you are talking about will you please clarify? It would be a great help to answer your question.

I want to do MPT in women's health, are there any colleges which provides this course?

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Charu Maheshwari

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3 weeks ago

Hii Reena!Here are few colleges list that provides the MPT course in women's health :- AIIMS Delhi, Delhi. CMC Vellore. Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry. St. Xaviers Colle...Hii Reena!
Here are few colleges list that provides the MPT course in women's health :-
AIIMS Delhi, Delhi. CMC Vellore. Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry. St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. Madras Medical College, Chennai. Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar. Good luck!

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology at Magadh Mahila College.

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Charu Maheshwari

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3 weeks ago

Cut off for B.A. hons in sociology is in between 85-90%

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Pankaj

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3 weeks ago

The cut off for BA is around 85 to 89 %.

I need to find out if there is MPT in women's health course available in India?

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Pankaj

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3 weeks ago

Yes, you can find them on online platform.

I want to study B.Sc. Criminology with forensic Science. What is the process?

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Refer to the link given below-
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Can I study sociology after studying computer applications in 11th and 12th?

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Dinesh upadhyay

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4 weeks ago

Yes you can. You can explore about -
- CUCET
- B.A. LL.B
- BSW LLL. B
- MSW after B.A. Sociology
- IGNOU
The subject has vast scope in various aspects like HRM, social service sector, law, teaching, etc. Best wishes.

Plus can you send in the link where my daughter can apply at Christ university for sociology honors?

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Vinty Tanwar

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You can visit the colleges website and can get the application link over there.

I want M.A. Course in geography, in Haridwar.

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Piyush Tripathi

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a month ago

Here are some college that offer M.A. In geography in Haridwar:
Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University
Harsh Vidya Mandir PG College

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Vinay kr Pandey

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a month ago

Hello Manisha,
I am pleased to have connected with you. Here is some college that offers M.A. In geography in Haridwar
Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University
Harsh Vidya Mandir PG College
If I can help you a little, please upvote my answer. Thank you.

Which career requires Economic, Mathematical literacy, Geography, Hospitality?

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Rupjyoti saikia

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a month ago

You can become teacher, Tourist operator, assistant scientist etc.

Can I go for counselling at MSW? I took sociology in B.A.

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Searching for college in Haridwar so that I can do M.A. Course with geography subject.

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a month ago

Hello,
I am pleased to have connected with you. Pt. LMS Government Post Graduate College
Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University
Harsh Vidya Mandir PG College
offers M.A. In geography.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Psychology, Sociology and English) at Christ University.

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Hi, for information, you can refer to the link given below-
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heena agrawal

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Hi. Candidate must have passed in class 10+2 or its equivalent from a recognised board. Candidates passed Non 10+2 with three years working experience as development workers at any level are also eligible.

I wanna do distance B.A. Sociology via bharathiar, what is the course fee?

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Psychology, Sociology, English) at Christ University .

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Which are the colleges for social psychology in Tamil Nadu?

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Divya vani

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Here is the list of few of the colleges-1. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore2.PSG College of Arts and Science - PSGCAS, Coimbatore. 3.Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Kelambakkam, Chennai. 4,Stella Maris CollegeCathedral Road, Chennai. 5.M. O. P. Vaishnav College for Women, Nungambakkam Hig...Here is the list of few of the colleges-
1. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
2.PSG College of Arts and Science - PSGCAS, Coimbatore. 3.Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Kelambakkam, Chennai.
4,Stella Maris CollegeCathedral Road, Chennai.
5.M. O. P. Vaishnav College for Women, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai.

I discontinued my B.A. Sociology in Calicut university-distance, after the second semester. Can I resume my degree?

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Pankaj

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a month ago

No, you can't resume your degree now.

Any government college vacancy of B.A. Criminology course in Chennai?

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swaroop RAVICHANDRAN

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

The University of Madras provides a Bachelor of Arts in criminology, kindly check the admission procedure on the UNOM website.

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PRERIT Shankar

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

You can apply from the government sites directly.

Can I take admission in B.A. Honors sociology. Is the entrance exam compulsory?

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Harshita Kumari

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

Hello Sonu
Without entrance exams, you can get those colleges that are merit-based. Apart from such a college, you can not get admission without entrance exams.

I want to know about the fee structure at D.A.V. College, Kanpur for M.A. in Sociology.

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rekha

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

To know about M.A. in Sociology at D.A.V. College, Kanpur such as cutoff, placements, fees, admission, ranking & eligibility, refer the link below-
https://www.shiksha.com/humanities-social-sciences/sociology/course/m-a-in-sociology-d-a-v-college-kanpur-599519

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for M.A. in Sociology at College of Commerce, Arts and Science, Magadh University.

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