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What can a Sociology major do for you?

From sports teams to social activists, from church associations to gang organizations, sociologists are interested in human behaviors and interactions, and the ways in which people form groups. At UK, you can take an in-depth look at social inequities, including race, gender, class, rural societies, cultural traditions, family relations and criminal deviance. As a sociology student, you can enjoy an educational experience that allows you to directly address social issues such as homelessness, neighborhood organization and children at risk. The program promotes both internships and volunteer efforts as valuable ways to enhance learning. Although teaching and research are the largest areas of employment for sociologists, you may find careers in applied or clinical sociology including government administration, social services, non-profit organizations, private business, education, health care and correctional institutions.

15% Rate of growth in the Sociology field

90% of faculty have won research or teaching awards

$72,810 Median salary for Sociologists

What skills does studying sociology develop?

  • Understand group dynamics and diverse perspectives
  • Construct and dissect persuasive arguments
  • Collect, manage, and analyze complex forms of data
  • Communicate effectively through written and oral presentation

Career opportunities

Sociology majors are prepared for entry level positions in health services, non-profit organizations, law, criminal justice, and human resources. The Sociology major is also excellent preparation for law school and for graduate study, not just in Sociology, but also fields such as Public Health, Criminology, Public Policy, and Education. One Sociology graduate even became President of the United States!

Career opportunities in Sociology

  • Crime analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Law clerk
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Domestic violence victim advocate
  • Social service case worker
  • Community organizer
  • Non-profit administration
  • Health care service administration
  • Human resource manager
  • Market researchers and advertiser
  • Teacher
  • Survey researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Professor
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Department of Sociology
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1515 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027