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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology BS - Career Opportunities

We recognize that choosing a career is one of the most important decisions that you will make. Selecting a major in Sociology and Anthropology will not only provide you with numerous career options, but it will also provide you with a skill set that enables you to move between careers and to take on many of the occupational and professional challenges of the 21st century. A degree in Sociology and Anthropology will enable you to pursue graduate education in Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology and Urban Studies as well as a number of other graduate programs for which a background in sociology and anthropology is advantageous. These include but are not limited to careers as educators and researchers in areas such as international development, community development, and social services.

The list of careers below may surprise you given its length and diversity. While we recognize that many students who major in sociology and anthropology do not intend to become professional sociologists or anthropologists, the research and analytical skills that you acquire as a major in one of our four tracks is highly applicable to careers where 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. Technologies are designed for the betterment of human life yet knowing what betterment means and understanding the diverse contexts in which technical knowledge is applied is important to their success. Even medicine today benefits from understanding the habits, customs and beliefs of diverse patient populations.

It is no longer the case that disciplinary training and career are directly connected. The skills sets, knowing how to formulate good questions, developing strong analytical and critical patterns of thinking combined with social skills and flexibility are central to career success and mobility in today's world. Young people today will likely experience several career changes throughout their lives and so learning how to learn and how to apply knowledge to ever changing social circumstances will best serve their career ambitions and objectives. This is exactly what a major in sociology and anthropology offers.

Our department lobby has books on careers for anthropology and sociology graduates, so please do drop in and flip through them for more ideas. The American Anthropological Association and the American Sociological Association websites offer a wealth of information and insights about career opportunities for graduates in these fields, so please also see:
  • Business (Domestic & International)
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Federal & State Agencies
  • Law (Domestic & International)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Secondary Education & Higher Education
  • Medicine
  • Allied Medical Professions
  • Public Health
  • Urban Planning
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Cultural Resource Management (archaeology)