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Prospects for the BA/BS Sociology Graduate


Students who graduate with a B.A. or B.S. 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 B.A. sociology program provides breadth and the potential for adaptability.

Although few occupations include "sociologist" in their title at the bachelor's level, the sociological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations. You should look for an entry-level job, gain experience through internships, and watch for opportunities of specialized training or advanced education.

If you are approaching graduation (or have recently graduated) and are seeking a job in the business world, focus on general areas of interest that motivate you. 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.

Regardless of your career path, the breadth of your preparation as a liberal arts major is very important.

Suggested courses include:

Core courses
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Psychology
  • Social Statistics
  • Research Methods

More specialized sociology courses
  • Industrial Sociology
  • Sociology of Work
  • Sociology of Occupations and Professions
  • Sociology of Organizations/Bureaucracy
  • Sociology of Race Relations/Cultural Diversity
  • Sociology of Sex and Gender

Supplementary courses
  • Labor (or Industrial) Relations
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Personnel Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Business and Technical Writing

With this spectrum of courses, sociology majors successfully compete for entry level positions in the private sector. You may wish to combine a major in sociology with a major in computer science, business management, or pre-law in order to broaden the impact of your degree.