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The Sociology major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be effective agents for change in society; to contribute positively to the quality of life; and to be globally aware.  Beyond studying inherently interesting subject matter - groups, organizations, social relationships, and cultural change - a student majoring in sociologywill develop invaluable skills.

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These skills include effective writing, problem-solving, data analysis, teamwork, research design and execution, critical thinking, and oral communication. Sociology majors will find these skills cultivated in every class and reinforced through hands-on internships during the junior or senior year. Thus, a major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of career and graduate school pursuits. 

Additional skills that will be marketable for students as they transition into careers include abilities to:

  • Identify ethical issues in research;
  • Develop evidence-based arguments;
  • Understand and explain race, gender, and class influences on individual lives and social structure;
  • Evaluate research methods;
  • Utilize technologies such as blogging and e-portfolios;
  • Form hypotheses;
  • Write reports (understandable by non-sociologists);
  • Use statistical software;
  • Conduct literature reviews & develop reference lists;
  • Interpret the results of data gathering.

 

Individuals trained in sociology have a wide range of careers in which they are able to apply their skills.  Some of these include:  

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 Criminology: Federal, state, and/or local law enforcement, corrections agencies, academia, victim services, court services and mediation, offender re-entry programs, juvenile delinquency programs.

Business and advertising: Advertising and marketing firms, nongovernment organizations, academia, consulting, labor relations firms, trade unions.


Medical and health care fields: Government planning & regulatory agencies, local health departments & public health-related non-profit agencies, hospitals & health institutions, citizen advocacy.

Environmental work: Federal and state protection agencies, academia, local public lands management, environmental organizations. 

 

Gender and sexuality fields: Advocacy for women, girls, and/or GLBT populations, human resources consultant, research, social services, social justice, community organizing.

International work: Nongovernmental work (NGOs), peace and conflict, Peace Corps.  

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What can you do with a degree in sociology?

Daniel Little, Professor of philosophy and Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn makes a powerful case for the importance of sociology majors in his recent Huffington Post article, Why a Sociology Major?  He writes: "...sociology is indeed a valuable part of a university education. It provides a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world our young people will need to navigate and lead. It provides students with the intellectual tools needed to make sense of the shifting and conflictual social world we live in, and this in turn permits them to contribute to solutions for the most difficult social problems that we face." (Read more by clicking the link above!)

Sociology majors can succeed in a variety of professions. Follow these links for more information: 

http://www.asanet.org/cs/root/leftnav/careers_and_jobs/careers_in_sociology

http://www.worldwidelearn.com/online-education-guide/social-science/sociology-major.htm

http://www.usi.edu/libarts/socio/socdegree.asp

 

"Why Major in Sociology?"

Drs. DeWees and De Welde prepared a formal presentation to current and prospective students regarding the Sociology major at FGCU, and the potentiality of the Sociology B.A. for careers in a wide variety of fields.  Presented to students in spring 2012 [.pdf - 13Mb].  Check it out for yourself or for anyone curious about what one might do with a degree in this field (click above).