What can I do with a degree in Sociology?
If you are a major you
have probably asked or been asked this very question. A major or minor
in Sociology, the study of the social relations and the social order and
social change that results from them, provides students with a solid
foundation useful in many different careers. Students with
undergraduate or master's degrees in Sociology are employed in a wide variety
of clinical, applied, research and business settings.
focus on analysis and intervention and work, for example, as conflict
mediators, forensic specialists, sociotherapists, social workers, and program
directors. Applied sociologists are research specialists, who do needs
assessment, program evaluation, policy analysis, urban and regional planning,
and similar problem solving in government, organization and business
settings. In business, Sociology majors are employed in human resources,
personnel and industrial relations, marketing, management and organizational
A background in Sociology provides students with a
wide range of marketable skills that employers in all types of settings
desire, including communication skills, both verbal and written;
conceptualization tools; problem solving strategies; an understanding of
group dynamics; and research skills. So rather than asking What can I do with my degree? Sociology students should be asking What can't
I do with a degree in Sociology?
Howery, C., N. Perrin, and J. Seem. 1993. Teaching
Sociological Practice: A Resource Book. Washington, DC: The
American Sociological Association.
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