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Sociology at University of California - Santa Barbara

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Sociology at University of California - Santa Barbara

Every sociology school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the sociology program at University of California - Santa Barbara stacks up to those at other schools.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and has a total student population of 25,057. Of the 6,327 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2019, 627 of them were sociology majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Sociology section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Sociology Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology
  • Master’s Degree in Sociology
  • Doctorate Degree in Sociology

UCSB Sociology Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the sociology progam at UCSB compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

In terms of overall quality, College Factual ranked the sociology major at UCSB at 10 out of the 356 colleges and universities that were analyzed in the report. This puts the program in the top 5% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #3 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Sociology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 18
Highest Paid Sociology Graduates 167

In 2019, 9 students received their master’s degree in sociology from UCSB. This makes it the #38 most popular school for sociology master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 7 students who received their doctoral degrees in sociology, making the school the #29 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Sociology Graduates from UCSB Make?

The median salary of sociology students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $30,200. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 2% higher than the national average of $29,700 for all sociology bachelor's degree recipients.

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Sociology Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the sociology majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Sociology Bachelor’s Program

75% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 627 students graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from UCSB. About 25% were men and 75% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Sociology Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 18% more racial-ethnic minorities in its sociology bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in sociology.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sociology Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 87
Black or African American 25
Hispanic or Latino 287
White 156
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 56

UCSB Sociology Master’s Program

89% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 students graduated with a master's degree in sociology from UCSB. About 11% were men and 89% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Sociology Master's Degree Grads

In the sociology master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 44% of degree recipients. That is 9% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in sociology.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sociology Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 4
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in sociology. In 2019, 7 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Sociology Grads May Go Into

A degree in sociology can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Managers 66,300 $143,350
Sociologists 1,070 $98,560
Sociology Professors 970 $103,600

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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