Department of Sociology
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Q: What can I do with an undergraduate major or minor in sociology? Accordion Closed
A: An undergraduate major or minor in sociology can help prepare you for a job in research, management, marketing, education, advocacy, social services, national or international affairs, and many other fields. A major longitudinal study by the American Sociological Association (2008) found that more than half of respondents who had earned an undergraduate degree in sociology were “very satisfied” with their choice of major after graduation, and only 6% were “not at all satisfied.” Our own undergraduates have gone on to work for universities, non-profit organizations, in sales and marketing, client relations, social services, policy reform and many more fields. Sociology majors learn many of the skills that employers value.
Q: What are the benefits of studying sociology, beyond earning a degree in the field? Accordion Closed
A: Even if you choose not to major or minor in sociology, taking sociology courses is still a great idea! Sociology contributes to a fuller understanding of human diversity, as well as how society shapes our behavior. Courses such as Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, and the Sociology of Popular Culture help students learn to analyze social patterns and problems, as well as become critical, conscious members of society. Understanding the nature and impact of social interaction can also help you interact more effectively with future employers. Students from nearly every discipline at NAU have enjoyed taking elective courses in sociology.
Q: What types of courses do sociology majors and minors take? Accordion Closed
Because human behavior and thinking are patterned by social organization, sociology can be applied to every aspect of the human experience. While sociology majors are required to take courses in research methods and sociological theory, they can also expect to take courses related to culture, gender, sexuality, deviance, globalization, health and illness, the environment, the family, and social psychology. We even offer the sociology of fear, the sociology of resilience, and the sociology of food!
Q: What level of support can I expect from the faculty and staff in our department? Accordion Closed
The qualified sociology faculty at NAU have a diverse range of research interests and expertise, which means there are plenty of options for guidance and support. Whether you are looking for information on possible internship opportunities, advice on graduate programs or employment options, or suggestions on which sociology class to take next, we are here to help.