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Graduates with a bachelors degree in sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, education, health care, the criminal justice system, social services, and the government. The sociological perspective is crucial for working in today's multiethnic and multinational environment. 

A sociology degree provides a strong, liberal arts preparation for entry-level positions that require investigative skills and the ability to work with diverse groups such as journalism, politics, public relations, or public administration. Many students choose sociology because they see it as a broad skill set useful in law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.  Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields

Students who graduate with a BA or BS in sociology and enter the job market directly will find themselves competing with other liberal arts students, but with an advantage--knowledge of key social factors and a firm grasp on research design and methods. This advantage of the sociology program provides breadth and the potential for adaptability.


Sociology majors who are interested in organizational theory gravitate toward organizational planning, development, and training. Those who study the sociology of work and occupations may pursue careers in human resources management (personnel) and industrial relations. Students who especially enjoy research design, statistics, and data analysis seek positions in marketing, public relations, and organizational research. Courses in economic and political sociology, cultural diversity, racial and ethnic relations, and social conflict can lead to positions in international business. Sociology majors who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, or human resources. Those who enter human services work with youths at risk, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system.  Regardless of your career path, the breadth of your preparation as a liberal arts major is very important.


Success in most careers depends upon both long-term career preparation and short-term responses to changing circumstances. It is virtually impossible for anyone to anticipate fully what lies five years ahead, much less ten, twenty, or thirty years. Yet, because sociology gives students a broad liberal arts preparation, it can be viewed as a solid base for many career paths. In addition, students who have developed a relatively clear idea of their preferred career path can shape their undergraduate curriculum accordingly. Furthermore, basic skills in research design, data analysis, and conceptualization of problems will help our graduates compete for jobs across all sectors.


In addition to entering the job market directly after graduation, many sociology majors choose to enter a graduate program in sociology.  Our graduates are also well-positioned to enter professional schools such as law, business, or an MAT program.  In addition, the research and analytical skills acquired while earning a sociology degree are easily applied to graduate study in economics, public policy, architecture, urban planning and public health.