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Academic Information: -  top

What is Sociology?  top

Sociology is the study of the human society and human social interaction and our department explores a wide range of issues and topics relevant to our lives—health care, environment, social inequality, social justice, race relations, globalization, etc. We emphasize teaching as the top priority of the department, set high standards for student achievement, provide opportunities for student engagement in multicultural events and encourage civic involvement.

Career Information  -  top

Possible Job Titles -  top

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Community Centers
  • Banks
  • Government
  • Centers for the handicapped
  • Insurance Companies
  • Children's Protective Services
  • Legal Aid
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Market Research Firms
  • Court Systems
  • Retailers
  • Family Counseling Service
  • Youth Services Bureau
  • Prisons

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Collect data
  • Communications skills
  • Use research methods
  • Statistical Abilities
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ability to Understand & Improve Human Relationships
  • Resolve Conflicts/ Counseling
  • Insight into Group Dynamics
  • Work Well Under Pressure
  • Computer Skills (data processing & analysis)
  • Use statistical techniques
  • Recognize a problem through observation and experimentation
  • Observation skills
  • Analyze, Synthesize & Interpret Information
  • Knowledge of Social Structures and Change
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral & written)
  • Interact well with Diverse Cultures/ Groups
  • Knowledge of Community Resources
  • Research and Planning (sociological)

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Lauren Askew 2008 Child Protective Services Investigator Department of Social Services Anne Arundel County
Natalie Davis 2005 Executive Coordinator George Washington School of Medicine
Courtney Topolski 1998 Academic Advisor UMBC

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

American Sociological Association (Careers and Jobs)

Society for Applied Sociology

Southern Sociological Society

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