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What can I do with a Sociology degree?


Now more than ever, the world needs people who can systematically address complex problems by interpreting empirical data, applying theories, making evidence-based arguments, and challenging 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, data analysis, medicine/healthcare, public policy, public health, social work, education, public service, non-profit work, market research, journalism, community development, and graduate school in the social sciences. 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.

Read through our Career Guide and 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!