What can I do with a degree in sociology?

January 01, 2017

Sociology is the study of human social behavior and how society organizes itself. As social beings, we must find ways to deal with others and make sense of the world that we create.

Sociology explores humanity’s diverse ways of interacting, and attempts to understand the institutions and social systems that we build.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program is intended to help students become successful practitioners in professional contexts by improving their capacity to analyze, understand, and evaluate social phenomena, enhancing awareness of diversity, developing critical thinking skills, and improving writing and verbal skills.

Curriculum focuses on institutions, cultures, family patterns and relationships, gender and ethnic relations,  mass media and value systems.

Possible Fields

  • Community Organizing   
  • Political Science 
  • Criminal Justice    
  • Public Health  
  • Education   
  • Public Relations  
  • Gerontology   
  • Social Justice
  • Government 
  • Social Services 
  • Journalism 
  • Urban Planning 
  • Law

Possible Occupations*

  • Bank Operations Officer
  • Child Care Center Administrator
  • College/University Teacher
  • Correction Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Education Support Services
  • Entry level positions in:
    • Journalism
    • Politics
    • Business
    • Law
  • Employment Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Market Researcher
  • Parole Officer
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Survey Researcher
  • Urban Organizer
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Urban Planner

*The above lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for a Sociology major. Some positions listed require additional training, education (master’s degree), and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Skills Needed for Sociology Majors

  • Listening   
  • Critical Thinking   
  • Verbal and written communication 
  • Patience   
  • Research
  • Understanding of and knowledge of social institutions and social interaction

Professional Associations for Sociology Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

American Sociological Association

The Social Science Research Council

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Sociology Resources

The Riley Guide to Jobs in the Social Sciences

Brandman University Programs

Brandman University Programs: Bachelor’s Degree, Sociology

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