What to do with a BA in Sociology

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A degree in Sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of business, industry, and organizations. The sociological perspective is crucial for working in today's multiethnic and multinational business environment. An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate.


Given the Breadth, adaptability, and utility of sociology, employment opportunities abound for BA graduates. You can secure entry level positions in many areas. The following list of possibilities is only illustrative – many other paths may be open to you. Employment sectors include:

  • Social Services – in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration

  • Community Work – in fund-raising for social service organizations, nonprofits, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups

  • Corrections – in probation, parole, or other criminal justice work

  • Business – in advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training, or sales

  • College Settings – in admissions, alumni relations, or placement offices

  • Health Services – in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, and insurance companies

  • Publishing, Journalism, and Public Relations – in writing, research, and editing

  • Government Services – in federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture, and labor

  • Teaching – in elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification. CSUF offers a teaching credential program. Please visit their websiteOpens in new window  for more details.

  • Human Resources – human resources management (personnel) and industrial relations.