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Careers in sociology

At Calvin, you won't learn to get the grade, you'll learn to prepare for the rest of your life. Studying sociology will prepare you for a broad range of careers, from law and Christian ministry to education and social work.

Careercast, an online job search portal, listed sociology as one of the ten best careers in American for 2009.

Marketable skills developed in sociology courses

Courses in sociology will help you develop the following marketable skills:

  • investigative skills
  • understanding of diverse groups and cultures
  • oral and written communication
  • interpersonal skills
  • problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

Careers in sociology with an undergraduate degree

You might study sociology at Calvin and go directly into the workforce. Career opportunities available to sociology graduates with a BA degree include (but are by no means limited to):

  • criminal justice (corrections or law enforcement)
  • community activism
  • missions
  • teaching
  • international or community development
  • social work
  • social research
  • personnel work in business (human resources)

Learn more about internships that could help you find employment after graduation »

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Careers in sociology requiring a graduate degree

Because an undergraduate degree in sociology is so versatile, the career options open to you are many. To increase the number of options available to you, consider further education in your area of interest.

You will likely need an advanced degree (MA, PhD or similar degree) to work in the following areas:

  • urban planning
  • school administration
  • law
  • church ministry
  • social work
  • academia (college teaching)
  • non-profit administration
  • counseling/therapy

Consult with your advisor, or other professors in the sociology department to learn more about graduate school and what you should to prepare for further education.

Learn more about graduate study in sociology »

Sociology graduates

From 1988–2007, Calvin sociology graduates went into career fields in the following areas:

 • Business/Administration: 24%
 • Social Services: 36%
 • Education: 22%
 • Ministry: 14%
 • Health Care: 2%
 • Law: 2%

Learn more about recent Calvin sociology graduates »