What Can I Do With a Major In Sociology?

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Major Information

As a sociology or sociology of law, criminology, and deviance major, you will investigate social institutions, such as families, education, work, business, health care, law, and the economy. You will learn how societies maintain order. You will uncover, understand, and combat societal inequalities. You will gain knowledge and skills, not only in the courses offered by the department's award-winning faculty, but also through real-world experiences like internships, study abroad, student research, and community engagement.  

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and sociology majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to recognize trends and patterns
  • Information and data management
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Research, analysis, and statistical skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups     

Interest code: IES

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in Sociology

  • PHD, Sociology, University of Arizona. Post grad job: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona
  • MA, Sociology, University of Chicago. Post grad job: Director, Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
  • PHD, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • PHD, Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • PHD, Sociology, The Ohio State
  • PHD, Sociology, Northwestern University
  • PHD, Sociology, The Ohio State
  • PHD, Sociology, Northwestern University

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are sociology alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Sociology majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
Government, Law, Public Policy, & International Affairs

Internships

  • Senate Intern, State Senator Kenneth Kelash
  • Probation Intern, Hennepin County
  • Program Intern, City of St. Paul
  • Research Assistant, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Drug/DWI Court
  • Project Assistant, Seager, Tufte & Wickhem LLC
  • Intern, Scott County Community Corrections
  • Resettlement Intern, International Institute of Minnesota
  • Law Intern, Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Crime Analyst, Minneapolis Police Department
  • Sentence to Serve Intern, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections
  • Government Relations and Communications Intern, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Intern, Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota
  • Congressional Relations Intern, Library of Congress
  • Legislative Intern, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota
  • Corrections Intern, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections
  • Court Monitoring Intern, WATCH
  • Researcher, Hennepin County, Sex Offenders Unit
  • Adult Probation Intern, Dakota County Corrections
  • Intern, United States Marshal Service

Entry-Level

  • Adult Probation Aide, Hennepin County
  • Law Clerk, Arnold, Rodman, & Kretchmer PLLC
  • Legal Secretary, Hennepin County Attorney's Office
  • Investigator, Minnesota Attorney Generals Office
  • Research Associate, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Intake Coordinator, Hennepin County Family Court
  • Assistant Probation Officer, Scott County
  • Research Assistant, 4th Judicial District Court

Experienced

  • Youth Program Coordinator, Hennepin County Library
  • Police Officer, West St. Paul*
  • Intelligence Assistant, FBI*

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • JD, William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD, New York University
  • JD, William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD, New York University
Healthcare & Science

Internships

  • Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Public Health Intern, Project Abroad-Philippines

Entry-Level

  • Principal Account Specialist, Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota
  • Clinic Assistant, The Lorenz Clinic of Family Psychology

Experienced

  • Residency Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Physicians
  • Project Manager, Land of Lincoln Health
  • American Indian Community Liaison, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Graduate Programs

  • MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Post grad job: Health Department Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • EdS, Clinical Mental Health, Loyola University
Education

Internships

  • College and Career Access Intern, Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School
  • Teaching Assistant, Korean Institute of Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • Corps Member, Teach for America
  • Admissions Counselor, University of Minnesota
  • Teacher, Miss Maries Learning Center
  • Accounting Specialist, Carlson School of Management Executive Development Center

Experienced

  • Social Studies Teacher, Blue Valley School District*

Graduate Programs

  • MED, Teaching Second Language, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MA Elementary Education and Teaching, Marian University
  • MS, Counseling and Student Personnel, Minnesota State-Mankato. Post grad job: Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts
Non-Profit, Human Services, Social Justice

Internships

  • Intern, Boys & Girls Club
  • Intern, Domestic Abuse Project
  • Communications & Marketing Intern, New America
  • Intern, Amicus
  • Political Leader of Tomorrow Intern, Womenwinning
  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research
  • Events and Programming Intern, Uptown Association
  • Community Advocate, Tubman
  • Training Assistant Intern, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Intern, University YMCA
  • Nonprofit Intern, Open Arms of Minnesota
  • Program Development Intern, CLUES
  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research
  • Intern, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Entry-Level

  • Homicide Research Assistant, Center for Homicide Research
  • Administrative Assistant, Nacel Open Door
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Minnesota Literary Council
  • Case Manager, The Salvation Army
  • Administrative Assistant, Partnership Resources, Inc.
  • Employment Counselor, Employment Action Center
  • Youth Development Program Assistant, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Education Program Coordinator, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Clinic Assistant, Planned Parenthood

Experienced

  • BeMore Campaign Coordinator, The Family Partnership
  • Program Associate, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Program and Administrative Assistant, Casa de Esperanza

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago
  • MA, Non Profit Management, Metropolitan State University
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Alfred Adler Graduate School. Post grad job: Associate Therapist, Kente Circle, LLC
  • MA, Nonprofit and Public Administration, Metropolitan State University
  • Master of Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago
  • Master of Science, Social Work, University of Minnesota. Post grad job: Emergency Department Social Worker, North Memorial Health Care
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Marketing & Communications Consultant, Engage Mobile Solutions
  • Marketing Intern, EcoWater Systems
  • Human Resources Intern, NeighborhoodWorks Home Partners

Entry-Level

  • Employment Branding Associate, PGi
  • Marketing Assistant, Tunheim Santrizos
  • Business Banking Assistant, Crown Bank
  • Project Coordinator, Orman Guidance Research
  • Research Assistant, Data Intelligence Consultants
  • Bilingual Travel Consultant, Hobbit Travel

Experienced

  • Human Resources Generalist, Capella University
  • Senior HR Representative, C.H. Robinson*
  • Executive Team Leader, Target
  • Senior Marketing Specialist, Ecolab*

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, Saint Mary's University. Post grad job: Associated Marketing Manager, Renewal by Andersen

*Further education and/or training is often required