Why Major in Sociology?

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Social Creatures and Sociology Rocks Student Posters

Imagine having the ability to analyze the impact of mass media on children, identify patterns in the labor market, explore the role of the criminal justice system in the lives of the poor, or study the effects contemporary culture have on interpersonal relationships. Sociologists do all that and more. Sociology is the study of the interactions between groups and institutions, and the study of social life and human behavior. It allows us to better understand the changing world.

Sociology majors at Concord develop both qualitative and quantitative research skills as they learn to identify social trends and analyze statistics. Majors also learn about the diverse cultural and social realities that exist around the world. As they develop the ability to critically analyze social interactions between individuals, groups and societies, students also develop sensitivity and respect for social difference. Sociology students learn to clearly communicate their ideas in writing and public speaking while striving to engage in respectful dialog, essential skills in the work force. 

Produced by the American Sociological Association, the PDF booklets below provide practical information about how a sociology degree can be useful, where major's work, career planning and information about graduate school.

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21st Century Careers With an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology (PDF)

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What are they Doing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology? (PDF)

 

Sociology Careers


Getting an undergraduate degree in sociology is a great way to get a job after graduation. Businesses, social services and government agencies appreciate the knowledge of social and cultural interactions sociology majors acquire. With a sociology degree, students translate what they learned in the classroom to benefit businesses and organizations in surprising ways.

Graduate School

Professor Subject Specialist Researcher


An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration and, of course, sociology. After graduate school, sociologists may become professors, researchers or highly skilled experts in an area of research.

For those interested in Graduate School, make sure to check out the links below:

Social Services

Caseworker Counselor  Mental Health


The knowledge and skills gained as a sociology major comes in handy when working as a caseworker or in outreach for children's services, senior care organizations and mental health agencies. Counseling at social services organizations, hospitals and homeless shelters offer other employment opportunities. 

Criminology

Corrections Officer Rehabilitation Law Enforcement 


Concord University Beckley Sociology Students Visit Judge Hutchison Courtroom

Students in sociology with an interest in criminology often go into careers that focus upon the relationship among crime, the criminal justice system, and society as a whole. A degree in sociology qualifies you to work as police officers, parole officers, security, prisoner rehabilitation specialists and many other positions. 

Non-profit Work

Advocate Community Relations Volunteer


A degree in sociology is an excellent foundation for work with international or national non-profit organizations. You can find work in a variety of areas or build experience by volunteering with nonprofit groups. Help in a food pantry, teach ESL classes to immigrants, serve as a patient or court advocate are just some of the opportunities.

Government

Program Development Public Policy Analyst Statistics Researcher


Sociology majors often work for government agencies as a public policy analyst or a researcher tasked with determining the effectiveness of government programs and policies. A sociology degree also prepares students to work for agencies providing services and aid to disadvantaged individuals.

Education

Administrator Career Counselor Teacher


Sociology majors find jobs in higher education, working in career offices helping students identify career paths or assisting in the job search. Other options include work in the alumni relations’ office, fundraising and more. Sociology majors also work as educators with outside agencies, presenting special programs or overseeing grant-funded programs in schools.

Business

Human Resources Marketing Specialist Public Relations


Sociology majors often make strong public relations and marketing specialists. Sociologists also help businesses improve the culture of the workplace and understand group dynamics in human resources positions.

Cory Haines at Concord University 2014 Undergraduate Research Day

Graduate Schools Our Majors Attend


Many of our majors that go on to graduate school earn Master’s Degrees in Sociology, Psychology or Social Work. Several have completed Law School. We have even had a few students earn a PhD in Sociology! Graduate and Professional schools attended by our former students include:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • George Mason University
  • Marshall University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Ohio University
  • Radford University
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

 

Where Our Graduates Work


Below is a list of some of the companies, universities and agencies where our graduates are employed.

  • Children’s Health Improvement Partnership, Radford, VA
  • Pressley Ridge, Tazewell, VA
  • Kanawha County school system
  • Virginia Department of Corrections
  • Mount Olive Correctional Complex
  • McDowell County Office of Probation & Parole
  • West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Charleston, WV
  • Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Office of International Research, Education, and Development
  • Virginia Tech Student Support Services
  • Concord University, Office of Resident Life
  • Concord University, Admissions Office
  • West Virginia State University
  • Lane College, Jackson, TN
  • Casto & Harris Election Supply, Spencer WV
  • The Hershey Company, Hershey PA
  • Honeywell IT Services

Please note that some of these jobs require graduate or professional degrees.