Sociology

What Is It?:

Sociology is the examination of social interactions of people in groups and the causes and consequences of the human behavior within the groups. Sociologists explore the complexities of the structure and dynamics of social systems among cultures and societies. It is an excellent major for individuals fascinated by groups and the social behavior of people. Students will have the opportunity to study race relations, gender, social class, religion, and ethnic background.

Sociology provides a basis for graduate study in several social science fields and law, as well as for those with interested in applied careers such as social work, secondary school teaching, business, and public service.

For more information, please visit the Department of Sociology

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • SOC 100—Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 196—Issues in Sociology

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising
  • Caseworker
  • Charity employee
  • Church worker
  • City Manager
  • City Planner
  • Coach
  • Community Relations Worker
  • Community Resource Manager
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Educator
  • Ergometrician
  • Funeral Director
  • Genealogist
  • Gerontologist
  • Historian
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Park Director
  • Parole / Probation Officer
  • Personnel Manager
  • Police Officer
  • Political Analyst
  • Psychologist
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Survey Specialist
  • Urban Administrator
  • Urban Planner

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Adoption Agent 
  • Advertising Assistant 
  • Alcohol/ Drug Case Worker
  • Case Aid Worker 
  • Child Welfare Officer 
  • Community Service Agency
  • Congressional Aid 
  • Consumer Advocate 
  • Correctional Case Worker
  • Corrections Officer 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Day Care Worker 
  • Delinquency Counselor 
  • Family Guidance Clinic
  • Foster Care Worker 
  • Human Resources
  • Job Analyst 
  • Labor Relations Rep.
  • Mental Health Worker 
  • News Correspondent 
  • Parole/Probation Officer 
  • Personnel Interviewer 
  • Personnel Specialist 
  • Public Opinion Surveyor 
  • Recreation Therapist 
  • Secret Service Agent 
  • Social Scientist 
  • Social Welfare Examiner 
  • Social Worker 
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer 
  • Welfare Counselor 
  • Writer/Author 

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Sociology Club: explores issues in sociology, participates in awareness-raising, and partners with other RSOs and community organizations to perform community service.
    • Undergraduate Sociology Association: explores issues in sociology, participates in volunteering opportunities, builds a foundation for those interested in sociology related career path, and partners with other clubs.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to conduct surveys and research
  • Ability to conduct/explain sociological research
  • Ability to evaluate problems/make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Ability to represent others
  • Proficiency in interpersonal communication
  • Proficiency in reading/writing/speaking

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Sociology, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Sociology.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Sociology.  These organizations include American Sociological Association and International Sociological Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Sociology, visit Undergraduate Programs.