What Can I Do With A Degree In Sociology?

Become a Social Science Researcher


What is a Social Science Researcher?

Social Science Researcher

Social Science Researchers design, manage, and direct research projects designed to identify, and investigate social issues and social problems relating to all facets of human behavior. Researchers utilize both qualitative and quantitative research skill sets to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and test theories to advance our understanding human relationships in social environments.

Typical employers for social researchers include local authorities, state and federal government agencies, educational agencies, market/commercial organizations, health and human services, and medial.

What Employers Look For

Many employers look for universal skills such as communication, cultural awareness, customer-centered focus, ability to problem-solve, and build working relationships. To be marketable in today’s work force, persons should strengthen their abilities be flexible while adapting to change in a technology based, highly diverse, and rapidly changing globalized society. Skills such as resilience, problem solving and adaptability are valuable at work as well as in life.

How Sociology Enhances Career Development

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology develops in our graduates the valuable set of skills that are transferable to a range of careers. The undergraduate curriculum comprise of a series of courses designed to improve critical thinking, thinking creatively and challenging ideas, understanding the influences of human behavior and decision-making, problem solving, logical and quantitative thinking, oral and written communication, developing the sociological imagination for expanding the world view, and practical application of sociological theories to investigate modern-day political, cultural, and social problems.

How Sociology Prepares Students for a Career in Social Science Research

Students majoring in Sociology are required to complete 33-34 credit hours of coursework in Sociology.

The degree focus consist of fifteen (15) required credit hours of coursework designed to build a foundation in sociological inquiry six (6) credit hours of sociology fundamental courses, and twelve to thirteen hours of sociology electives.

Targeted coursework for a career in Social Science Research

  • SOC 310 Race and Ethnic Diversity
  • SOC 334 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 338 Global Social Movements
  • SOC 377 Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 374 Medical Sociology
  • SOC 382 Introduction to Statsitics in Sociology
  • SOC 383 Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
  • SOC 402 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 411 Social Stratification
  • SOC 419 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 489 Research Internship in Sociology
  • SOC 530 Political Sociology

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