What Can I Do with a Major in Sociology?

Sociology is the study of culture, social structures, and processes. A major in this area provides a framework in sociological theory and research methodology supplemented with other sociology courses in deviance and crime, ecology, gerontology, organizations, social demography, and social structures, and social welfare.

Sociology majors develop*:

  • understanding of many human relationships and social processes
  • ability to assess people's needs
  • computer and statistical skills
  • knowledge of multiple methods of data collection

Sociology majors usually work in university teaching and research, government research, or private consulting. These positions often require advanced degrees. Undergraduate work in sociology also provides an excellent background for further study in education, law, criminal justice, social work, and public health.

The vast majority of Miami graduates with a bachelor's degree in sociology find work in business and industry in such areas as employment counseling, market research, program planning, rehabilitation counseling, personnel management, labor relations, human services, and health planning.

Job titles for recent Sociology graduates include**:

  • policy analyst
  • lawyer, police officer, probation officer
  • researcher
  • public relations manager
  • educator
  • program planner

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Sociology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Sociology majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.