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Learn more about the sociology or sociology of law, criminology, and deviance major. 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 the ability to recognize trends and patterns, strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skill, research, analysis, and statistical skills, and the ability to work well with diverse groups.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Graduate Programs in Sociology

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Arizona. Postgrad job: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona
  • MA, Sociology, University of Chicago. Postgrad 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

Alumni Career Examples

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major!

Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

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
  • US Senate Intern, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • Urban Scholar, City of Minneapolis
  • Program and Evaluation Intern, Metropolitan Council
  • Public Policy Intern, AARP
  • Law Clerk, Minnesota Legal aid Minneapolis office
  • Legal Intern, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
  • Special Operations Security Intern, Mall of America Security Department
  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research
  • Diversity & Outreach Intern, Hennepin County District Court
  • Legal Assistant Intern, LegalCORPS
  • Predatory Offender Registration Intern, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Intern, US Postal Inspection Service
  • FBI Honors Intern, FBI

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

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Public Health Intern, Project Abroad-Philippines
  • Science Communications Intern, BioTechnology UMN

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. Postgrad job: Health Department Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • EdS, Clinical Mental Health, Loyola University
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • College and Career Access Intern, Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School
  • Teaching Assistant, Korean Institute of Minnesota
  • Global Leader, Learning Abroad Center (UMN)

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. Postgrad job: Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

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
  • Spanish Speaking Outreach Intern, The Arc Minnesota
  • Resource Counseling Advocate, Tubman
  • Anti-Violence Program Intern, OutFront Minnesota

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. Postgrad 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. Postgrad job: Emergency Department Social Worker, North Memorial Health Care
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

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. Postgrad job: Associate Marketing Manager, Renewal by Andersen

 

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