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.

Within the Sociology department, students have many opportunities to acquire information about and seek advice on career directions. In particular,

  • All students who declare Sociology as their primary major are assigned an advisor from among the tenured or tenure-track Sociology faculty.

  • Students can stop by the main office (McGuinn 426) to get a free copy of the ASA’s publication, “21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology.”

There are two additional resources for students who are thinking about jobs in Sociology:

  1. The American Sociological Association maintains extensive online career resources for undergraduate students, and publishes the Guide to Graduate Departments in Sociology. (The department has several Graduate Guides available for students to examine.)
  2. The Boston College Career Center is always available to advise Sociology majors and minors. The Center offers regular workshops, networking sessions, and employer fairs for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni at all stages of the career development process. Start with their useful “First Destinations” data on what Boston College students do with an education in Sociology immediately after graduation, and then visit their drop-in office hours!

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