The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA and BGS in Sociology, the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories and concepts in sociology 
  • Think critically about social life, question assumptions, and consider alternatives 
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the ways that social class, race, ethnicity, and gender affect individuals and shape their perceptions of the world 
  • Understand how to collect, analyze, and interpret empirical evidence in sociological research 
  • Become knowledgeable consumers and producers of research applicable to social problems or issues 
  • Encourage an appreciation and respect for cultural diversity in societies 


Popular Career Paths

Public Service: Involves applying knowledge of human behavior to public policy, government services and/or law enforcement.

Post-Secondary Education: Includes teaching college-level courses in sociology or administering student affairs programs and services; may require additional education/credentials.

Research & Data Analysis: Encompasses the study of human society and social behavior by researching various social, political, business, and religious organizations; includes academic and policy research, data analysis, and grant writing/administration.

Social and Human Services: Involves working with community organizations and/or social service agencies to seek out and connect clients with the information, materials, and resources they need to cope with and overcome challenges in their lives.

Human Resources Management: Helps organizations make strategic decisions regarding the personnel side of the business.

International Development: Works with US government agencies and non-profit organizations to develop and advocate for economic, political, and social quality-of-life issues on behalf of those living abroad and those immigrating to the US.

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Student Affairs Administrator

Youth Service Worker

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Hospitals/Healthcare Organizations

Insurance Companies

Non-Profit Agencies

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps


Public Opinion Research Polls

Research Institutes

Residential Care Facilities

Retirement Communities

Staffing Companies


Employment Strategies

  1. Identify the social concerns and populations that interest you most and investigate courses and experiences in these areas of interest.
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  3. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in sociology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  5. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  6. Complete an independent study or conduct undergraduate research to gain advanced research skills in sociology.
  7. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume 1 (pdf), sample resume 2 (pdf), sample resume 3 (pdf).

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