A major in Sociology and Anthropology gives you numerous career options, plus a skill set that enables you to move between careers and to take on the professional challenges of the 21st century.

Preparation for careers is central to RIT's mission. RIT's Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education has a wealth of online resources, an annual Career Fair, and an annual International Opportunities Fair. In addition, there is a Career Services Specialist (Ms. Sharitta Gross, sfgoce@rit.edu) dedicated to the Liberal Arts majors, who prepares career planning activities throughout the year and can help you in one-on-one conversations. 

Graduates of sociology and anthropology programs often pursue careers in:
  • Business (domestic and international)
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Social services and social work
  • Disability advocacy
  • Education (secondary education, higher education, academic advising, or administration)
  • Government and public policy
  • Urban planning
  • Community development
  • International development
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Medicine or public health
  • Law 
  • Architecture
  • Museums, archives, and library science
  • Cultural resource management (archaeology)
  • Criminal justice and rehabilitation
  • Journalism

Some of these careers can be entered by students with an undergraduate degree, while others may require graduate study. This long list of careers might surprise you. Sociology and anthropology are ideal undergraduate areas of study because the research and analytical skills that you acquire are highly prized in careers in which understanding cultural diversity, gender, ethnicity and class is central to the populations that you will serve or have as clients. Business, for example, is largely global and business practices and consumer habits differ widely worldwide. Technology promises to improve human lives, yet knowing what people value and how they live their day-to-day lives is essential for designing technologies appropriately. As well, medicine and public health depend upon understanding the habits, customs, and beliefs of diverse patient populations.

In the past, training in a specific discipline was closely matched with a specific career. That is no longer the case in this ever-changing, global world of work. Instead, it is best to acquire skills and habits of mind that will prepare you for the challenges of the future. Knowing how to formulate good questions, knowing how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data, thinking critically, communicating your ideas well and to diverse audiences, moving adeptly within cross-cultural and multicultural settings---these skills are central to career success and advancement in today's world. And this is exactly what a major in sociology and anthropology offers.

Our degree provides excellent preparation for graduate education in sociology, anthropology, urban studies, as well as a multiplicity of other graduate programs. The strong core curriculum with emphasis on social theory, research methodologies, and integration of disciplinary perspectives make your transcript distinctive and impressive.

Check out these webpages for addition information on career opportunities for sociology and anthropology majors.

Career Options for Sociology Students

The Captivating and Curious Careers of Anthropology

What Job Opportunities Will Anthropology Afford the New Graduate?

Careers in Sociology

College Degrees for Social Justice

Our department lobby has several books on careers for anthropology and sociology graduates, so drop by and flip through them, too.

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