Sociology - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year
Sociology and anthropology majors choose a wide variety of professional careers. Graduates have gone into:
- Social service as medical and psychiatric social workers, probation officers, and counselors with various specialties
- Management and sales positions in business
- Teaching at primary, secondary, and college levels
- Urban or regional planning with government agencies
Many of these students have entered their career fields after graduate or professional school and have earned advanced degrees in sociology, law, business administration, finance, social work, and the arts and sciences. Among the institutions where graduates have enrolled for advanced study are:
- Princeton University
- Georgetown University
- University of Chicago
Use your academic advisor and the peer advising program to explore Sociology and other potential majors, minors, programs, and courses, given your interest.
Look at concentrations in pre-law, business and organizational behavior, social work, family studies, criminal justice and adult probation, polling and market research, international research, and urban studies.
What core courses fit best with your career goals? Work them into your schedule. Many students also look at interdisciplinary programs such as Asian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, American Studies, and Latin America and Caribbean Studies.
Sociology and Anthropology encompassed everything I was looking for. The best part of the major is the variety of classes you can take on topics including the criminal justice system, social welfare, feminism, and more. It's a broad major that touches on a lot of areas. I want to be in some type of helping profession, and the major allows me to explore my options. Every sociology professor I have had has become a friend. My advisor and I have a close bond. It doesn't seem like he is a teacher when he's in front of the class. It feels like we're having a conversation. Sometimes, I just stop by his office to let him know how the day or my internship is going.
- Paul Brown; Sociology and Anthropology
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a Sociology major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out-of-class experiences.
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That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Sociology majors.