About this Bachelor's Degree
Sociology is an extremely diverse discipline that can lead to a variety of successful careers.
Dedicated to scientific study of the social world, sociology provides insights into a wide array of social situations and environments. Wherever people interact, sociology is relevant, and the skills developed by sociology majors prepare them for the flexibility needed to adapt to a changing, global economy.
The vast majority of sociologists do not teach. Many sociologists work for government agencies conducting research as staff members in policy areas dealing with social issues, such as health care or crime.
In 1988, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management established a position classification for sociology, and the government notes that sociology is an appropriate degree for work in areas such as public health, consumer safety, employee relations and civil rights.
Sociologists are employed by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health. Other sociologists work for private businesses, such as AT&T, General Foods, The Gallup Organization, American Express and national television networks.
Still others work for nonprofit groups dealing directly with social problems—poverty, women's rights, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency and others.
Curriculum and volunteerism
The sociology curriculum is designed to make students think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively (in writing and orally). Students are encouraged to do volunteer work in community organizations or to seek out internships related to careers. The Office of Community Service Learning can provide more information about volunteer opportunities.
- Students will be able to explain central concepts in classical sociological theory (e.g., Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead).
- Students will be able to apply classical theory to understand contemporary society.
- Students will be able to design and conduct and independent research project and develop a well-written and coherent sociological paper on the results.
- Students will be able to create and give a professional oral presentation on sociological topics.
- Students will demonstrate preparation for employment and/or graduate school upon graduation.