Sociology: Internships and Careers
Most people who think of themselves as sociologists or have the word sociologist in their job title have graduate training, but BAs in sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, health professions, criminal justice system, social services and government. Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate education in sociology provides.
Since its subject matter is intrinsically fascinating, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business or public administration -fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups.
Many students choose sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work and counseling. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields. A BA in sociology is also excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher or applied sociologist.
Solid training in sociology at the undergraduate or graduate level forms a foundation for flexible career development. The better your training and the more skills you have acquired, the better you will be able to take advantage of new opportunities. Sociology offers a rich source of conceptual frameworks into which the most pressing issues of our times can be placed, and a powerful set of methodological tools with which to study them.
The future appears bright for sociology. The next century may be the most exciting and critical period in the field's history. People increasingly realize that we must renew attempts to understand, ameliorate or solve problems in the United States and around the world - problems that affect individuals, like alcoholism or unemployment, and problems that affect societies, like ethnic conflict or environmental pollution. Some of the best employment prospects may be in policy research and administration and in clinical and applied sociological practice, as well as in the traditional areas of teaching and basic research.
Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.