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  1. Pathways to Job Satisfaction: What Happened to the Class of 2005?

    This is the second in a series of research briefs to focus on the job outcomes of the 2005 sociology cohort. This brief describes a pathway from the sociological research skills learned as an undergraduate to the types of jobs obtained one and a half years after graduation and the effect on job satisfaction. 

  2. Sociology, Criminology Concentrations, and Criminal Justice: Differences in Reasons for Majoring, Skills, Activities, and Early Outcomes?

    Sociology departments have been concerned about losing potential majors for more vocationally-oriented programs, especially as the number of criminology and criminal justice majors has been increasing.  This research brief compares the ways in which students’ perceptions and experiences differ among three types of majors and examines the potential benefits and challenges that various departmental arrangements pose.

  3. Recent Sociology Alumni: Would They Major Again?

    Choosing a college major usually comes down to the future careers options that are available in that field. Sociology is not typically associated with a direct career path, however, this research brief demonstrates that many sociology graduates are satisfied with what the major provides them post-graduation.

  4. Social Capital for Sociology Majors: Applied Activities and Peer Networks

    Building social capital through activities outside the classroom can help students find jobs after graduation. This research brief examines how sociology departments create opportunities for their majors to build social capital through activities such as internships and career fairs, and the level of participation amongst students. 

  5. Sociology Majors: Before Graduation in 2012

    Due in part to the recent recession, the 2012 cohort of senior sociology majors faced a tighter job market and increasing levels of debt. The findings presented in this brief compare the backgrounds, experiences, concepts and skills mastered, levels of satisfaction, and future plans and sources of job information of students at three types of institutions.

  6. What Leads to Student Satisfaction with Sociology Programs?

    This research brief explores the factors that contribute to high levels of satisfaction with sociology programs among majors in 2012. Understanding what aspects of the major appeals to students can help sociology departments with recruitment and retention. 

  7. Recruiting Sociology Majors: What Are the Effects of the Great Recession? Concepts, Change, and Careers

    This research brief focuses on changes in recruitment and retention of sociology majors before and after the Great Recession. It concludes by offering some strategies for bringing new majors in the door and retaining them in the department.

  8. What are they Doing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology? Data Brief on Current Jobs

    This brief uses data gathered from the second wave of the survey of 2005 sociology majors. It provides an overview of the post-graduate activities of graduates including the kinds of jobs they held, their satisfaction with these jobs, and the changes in their overall satisfaction with the sociology major. 

  9. Mixed Success: Four Years of Experiences of 2005 Sociology Graduates

    This research brief uses data from the second wave of the 2005 sociology major survey to examine the social capital students gained after graduating. The majority of respondents reported pursuing additional hard and especially soft skills post-graduation, and as a result of this new skill development, move from non-professional jobs into professional ones. 

  10. Decreasing the Leak from the Sociology Pipeline: Social and Cultural Capital to Enhance the Post-Baccalaureate Sociology Career

    Obtaining a job relevant to the discipline is a critical piece of the sociological pipeline. This brief examines how sociology departments can increase their majors' chances of obtaining jobs that match their sociological skills through on-the-job training and networking activities, scholarly socialization, and mentoring.