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Major in Sociology

Article by Rachelle Wiggins

“Your job is part of God’s calling for you…it is an integral piece of God’s plan for your life as He seeks to extend His kingdom and its influence throughout the world.” ~Barret Duke

Sociology, at its core, is the study of society. Concerned with the exploration of human behavior, sociology seeks to explain and resolve social issues in areas such as deviance, discrimination, marriage and family breakdown and poverty. A major in sociology delves into all aspects of social interaction including upbringing, education, crime, sexuality, aging, gender roles, group interaction, work roles and social inequality. This degree gives you a competitive advantage by preparing you for a wide range of career options in anything from public service to social work to human resources to criminal justice. If you feel a sense of social responsibility to improve your community and world, then a major in sociology may be the right pursuit for you.

In addition to an interest in the psychology behind why people think and act as they do, sociology majors often possess strong interpersonal skills including the ability to mediate conflict. Other helpful traits for this major include keen critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, especially in areas pertaining to social phenomena. In addition, clear communication skills (both oral and written) are highly desirable. These skills are needed in order to succeed in this degree program as well as in related future careers.

As a sociology major you will learn much about using qualitative research methods and statistical tools. In addition to gathering data through interviews and surveys, you will learn to analyze and interpret your research and to present your findings in writing and through public presentation. Once you complete your core classes, you can expect to take Social Statistics, Social Theory and Research Methods. You may then take a diverse range of classes such as:  

  • Criminology
  • Feminist Social Theory
  • Social Psychology
  • Population Studies
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Social Movements 

The electives you choose often reflect the career specialization that most interests you. It is possible you may participate in some sort of internship as part of your program, as well.

Sociology is a broad-based major, leading into a wide range of career areas in everything from business to government to law to education. Some who pursue a degree in sociology plan to pursue ongoing education, however, there are many possible career outcomes with a bachelor’s degree. Some common examples are:

  • Guidance counselor
  • Private investigator/CIA analyst
  • Immigration/customs agent
  • Probation officer/correctional officer 
  • Market research analyst or policy analyst
  • Human resources representative or specialist
  • Court reporter or court mediator 

Your heart for understanding and helping people and society at large is not coincidental. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). If working in one of the above careers holds fascination for you, then maybe God wants to use your influence for good through a major in sociology.