Are you curious about the world around you — why people, groups, and society in general operate as they do? Do you want to better understand the relationship between individuals and society? Can you see yourself working for social change in ways that positively impacts people’s lives? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, a Sociology degree might be perfect for you!
Sociology is the study of social life, including social influences on human behavior. It is a “21st century career,” which provides students an opportunity to build transferable skills such as thinking critically, making evidence-based arguments, employing various research methods, interpreting data, writing effectively, and understanding diverse perspectives (American Sociological Association, 2013).
What can you do with a sociology degree?
Most people who get a degree in sociology don’t become sociologists. The skills you will gain from a sociology degree qualify you for employment in a variety of fields including:
- Government agencies with careers in public health, human resources, urban planning, social services, corrections, etc.
- Non-profit organizations with careers in victim advocacy, youth and leisure services, etc.
- Private sector with careers in marketing, sales, public relations, etc.
Getting a transfer Associate of Arts degree in Sociology at Hawkeye can prepare you for a Bachelor’s in Sociology, but students might also choose another major when they transfer. For example, some students end up going into Family, Youth, and Leisure Services, Social Work, Secondary Education, or Gender Studies.
Some people major in sociology in their undergraduate work in preparation for law school or master’s degree programs in fields such as Public Policy, Non-Profit Management, or Business Administration.
If you’re interested in becoming a sociologist — either to do research, college teaching, or both — you will need to earn at least a Master’s degree.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (and Beyond) in Sociology
Check out the following nearly transfer institutions to continue your education: