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Opportunities for sociology majors stem from our graduates' knowledge of social organizations, social relations and collective behavior, and from the research skills they acquire in our department.

A bachelor of arts degree in sociology prepares students for employment in a wide variety of areas, including:

IAS Winners of Student Paper Competition

Dr. Vicki Sommer, Dana Swanson, Josh Morgan and Dr. Marsha Smith at ISA Meeting. 

Swanson and Morgan won first and second place in the ISA Undergraduate Paper Competion.


  • community relations and planning
  • human resources
  • social planning
  • legal assistance
  • marketing
  • applied research
  • personnel work
  • criminal justice

Sociology teaching majors prepare for careers as social science teachers at the high school level.

Students concentrating in social welfare are prepared for careers in the increasingly complex network of human services.

Employment opportunities include jobs in areas such as:

  • family welfare
  • health care
  • individual counseling
  • community organizing
  • policy analysis
  • fund raising
  • program planning and evaluation

With their ethnographic research skills and sensitivity to cultural differences, students with a concentration in anthropology find employment in areas such as:

  • education
  • social services
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • international business

In combination with a strong liberal arts foundation, a bachelor of arts degree in any of the social science concentrations offered by the department provides a sound basis for graduate study in anthropology, sociology, and social work.

In recent years, we have had a number of graduates that have been accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in these fields, including University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, and Washington University.

Moreover, many majors opt to pursue graduate studies in other fields and have done very well in being placed in excellent programs. Recent majors have gone on to a variety of programs of graduate study, including:

  • law school
  • public administration
  • criminal justice
  • educational administration
  • public health