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Articles on Sociology:
   A future in Sociology
   Sociology Major...A Closer Look
   Explore a Major in Sociology

A future in Sociology

By Jennifer Bailey

Sociology - this major would most appeal to someone who has an innate curiosity and wants to understand how people from different cultures, races, economic and educational backgrounds work, function and operate together.

Are you interested in studying organizations and how they function- both in the good and bad scenarios? Or, are you fascinated about social networks, gender roles, relationships, family structure and behavior or interpersonal relationships and processes? Perhaps urban development, societies or economies excite you? Are you curious about why gang violence would rise or fall or what would make a person want or need to be part of such a group to begin with?  Are you passionate about the current immigration issues that are on the nightly news nearly daily? Do race and ethnic relations stir you and make you want to understand them more and help do something to make it better? Do you love people and have a deep inner desire to influence others with your natural leadership qualities and resourcefulness to make the world around you a better place for all?

If you found that you answered yes to many of the above questions, you will be excited to know you will be equipped with the tools needed to make sense of the ever-changing social world and be able to contribute solutions to complex social issues.

Studying sociology can help develop your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytical problem solving and communication skills. As a graduate, you will have a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the world as a whole.

Because this degree is quite broad, the list of possibilities should serve simply as a tool to get your creative mind thinking.

A degree in sociology offers a foundation for careers in teaching, consulting, business, social services, public policy, government services, international organizations and for-profit and non-profit organizations. More specifically, you could use it to become a marketing consultant, a substance abuse counselor, an adoption counselor, youth and elderly services, urban planning, do advocacy work, become a social worker or a high school teacher, a probation officer, a research associate, a public health consultant- the list goes on.

As a small example- should you use your degree in a corporate setting, you could be a part of analyzing data to determine who to market to and why, what influences people and best ways to reach them such as advertising techniques. All of which could translate to higher sales and profits for the business. Businesses that use this data include restaurants, retail stores, hospitals, factories and many more.

There are undergraduate, graduate and even doctorate degree programs available in sociology and include classes in business, economics, social movements, government, social change, social psychology and interpersonal relationships.

If you are looking for a job with high pay over making a difference, than this may not be the field for you but if you want to leave a legacy in people’s lives and that feeds your soul - you’re in the right place!