Career Information and Further Study
As a broad social science, an undergraduate degree in sociology provides students with the technical and analytic tools, critical thinking skills, and global perspective needed to navigate the 21st century successfully and succeed in many careers. The
jobs current students apply for after graduation may not even exist yet. To keep up with a rapidly changing world, sociology majors acquire the tools to critically analyze the world and their place within it. They also
learn the practical skills they need to succeed.
Skills gained in this program include:
Research and Data Analysis skills: Sociology students learn and gain experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They learn to recognize patterns and trends, and to produce social statistics
such as those used in market research, opinion polling, program evaluation, sales, and countless other applications.
Critical Thinking skills: Sociology students learn to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why". Courses build analytic and conceptual skills that help students solve problems and identify opportunities
in a wide range of settings.
Communication skills: Employers are looking for people who are comfortable expressing themselves and their ideas in clear, concise, and meaningful language. Sociology students learn to convey their ideas effectively
in writing and in presentations.
Global Perspective and Cross-Cultural Understanding: Employers increasingly seek people who hold a global perspective, have a high degree of intercultural awareness and who are free from traditional stereotypes.
Sociology students learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interaction of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.
Additional Transferable Skills: Managing, promoting, analyzing, interpreting, editing, advising, organizing, problem solving, conflict resolution, and detail orientation
Graduates apply their knowledge and skills across a wide variety of occupations and professions including medical and health services, recreation, business, law and law enforcement, urban planning, social policy,
and social services. They are also prepared for graduate and professional school programs in areas such as sociology, medicine, health professions, law, public policy, business, social work, and other social sciences.