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What Can You Do With A Major In Sociology


Sociology is the study of human behavior and the interaction among groups and institutions and the ways that they influence each other. Sociology is concerned with social events, focusing on social stratification, deviant behavior, affects of mass media, urban organization, educational systems, and mental health. Specialties in this area include criminology, demography, cultural traditions, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, social status, and social change.

Social Welfare  

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Human Services
Criminal Justice
Social Science Research
Environmental Sociology

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Beginning Salary Range Typical salaries
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology on average start at $36,156 a year.

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Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Counseling Association  
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Sociological Association
National Association of Social Workers 

International Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
The American Society for Criminology 
Justice Studies Association 

Global Studies Association of North America

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Link to UNF Academic Program

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Sociology.

Holland Interest Codes

Sociology- Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
Social Welfare- Social; Artistic; Enterprising (SAE)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Look for summer jobs at camps, YMCAs, or other social service organizations
  • Gain experience working with diverse populations