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What can I do with a Sociology degree?


Now more than ever, the world needs people who can interpret data, apply theories, make evidence-based arguments, and challenge injustice. A liberal arts education and the study of Sociology give you critical thinking and analytical skills, scientific/research methodology experience, writing proficiency, cultural competency, and self-awareness in a rapidly globalizing world. Our students pursue career paths such as law, urban planning, medicine/healthcare, public policy, public health, social work, higher education, non-profit work, market research, community development, and graduate school in Sociology. Many pair our flexible programs with other areas in LSA

As a Sociology student, you’ll be encouraged to add real world perspectives to your classroom studies by participating in Project Community fieldwork, conducting undergraduate research, facilitating intergroup dialogues, and/or pursuing internship experiences. For students who wish to tackle a rigorous course of study by completing a thesis project, Sociology also offers an Honors Program.

How do Sociology, Law Justice and Social Change, Sociology of Health and Medicine, Sociology & Social Work, methodological skills, and/or social justice fit into your academic and career plans?

Reflect on your academic interests and desired career trajectory, then identify the education and qualifications needed to reach your next step. Throughout your undergraduate career, create actionable plans to intentionally develop the required knowledge, skills, and experiences via coursework, class projects, research positions, and internships.

See the department advisor to check out the American Sociological Association's '21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology' booklet! For comprehensive graduate school and career advising, connect with the LSA Opportunity Hub, Newnan Pre-Professional Advising, and the Career Center throughout your time at U-M. It's never too early to start career or graduate school planning! 

Major and Minor Options:

Sociology Major
Sociology Major with submajor in Law, Justice, and Social Change 
Sociology Major with submajor in Sociology of Health & Medicine 
Sociology Major with submajor in Sociology & Social Work (MSW application option)
Law, Justice, and Social Change Minor
Sociology of Health & Medicine Minor