Careers

Sociology prepares graduates to work in a number of different fields. Sociology students graduate with excellent critical thinking abilities, skill at reasoned analysis and development of arguments, and capacity for clear, concise written and oral communication. Statistics and methods courses provide background in both qualitative and quantitative research, and the study of sociology promotes an understanding of social organizations and institutions, knowledge of social inequality, and a concern for social justice that can be extremely useful in any occupation.

The American Sociological Association maintains extensive online career resources for undergraduate students, and publishes the Guide to Graduate Departments in Sociology. (If you do not wish to purchase a copy, the department has several available for students to examine.)

At Boston College, the Career Center is always available to advise Sociology majors and minors. Start with their drop-in office hours, or meet with our departmental liaison. The Career Center offers regular workshops, networking sessions, and employer fairs for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni at all stages of the career development process.

The Career Center also keeps useful data on what Boston College students do with an education in Sociology immediately after graduation:

Within the department, students have several opportunities to acquire information and seek advice:

  • Upon declaring the major or minor, students receive a free copy of the ASA’s publication, “21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology.”
  • Each fall, the department offers a lunchtime session on applying to graduate programs in Sociology. This program serves underclassmen who are exploring their options, as well as upperclassmen who are working on compiling application materials.
  • The three credit course SOCY5540, Internship in Sociology, is available as a classroom-based reflective complement to an outside-the-classroom internship experience.
  • All students who declare Sociology as their primary major are assigned an advisor from among the Sociology faculty.