What can you do with a Sociology Degree?
Undergraduate study in sociology is excellent preparation for employment in fields
ranging from law to medicine to business to religion. Generally, the sociology graduate
with a bachelor's degree will find that a working knowledge of research methods,
statistics, and computer programming will be useful for almost any career.
A carefully planned curriculum which emphasizes a core of courses related to the
proposed area of employment can also give the sociology graduate a competitive edge.
For example, students seeking employment in criminal justice may concentrate on
courses in criminology, deviance, juvenile delinquency, and the sociology of law,
and arrange for an internship at a local criminal justice agency.
Whereas students seeking employment within the field of health care, either working
directly with people or planning to attend medical school, may concentrate on courses
in medical sociology and epidemiology as well as special topics courses including
gerontology and death and dying. There are also many internship placements available
in and around the Ashland/Richmond area in local hospitals or health care agencies.
Most professional sociologists are teachers, researchers, or policy administrators.
These positions require advanced degrees; therefore, many sociology majors continue
their training on the graduate and professional levels.