Sociologists receive training which gives them analytical, methodological, and conceptual ability, along with quantitative and qualitative research skills. These skills are necessary in a variety of occupations, ranging from non-profit advocates to social workers to marketing specialists to policy analysts. The expected growth in American jobs will be in social, political and business associations/organizations, including non-profit organizations. For those not interested in the more analytical side, Sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration--fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. In addition, many students choose Sociology because they see it as a firm liberal arts foundation for further training in careers related to law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.
In our minor, major, or MA program in Sociology at UNC, students gain a foundation in sociological theories and methodological skills to build a career in almost any field. Students will understand social relations, institutional arrangements, inequality, social policy, deviance, social control, group dynamics, social identity and family issues. We offer students applied research opportunities and internships working closely with faculty mentors wherein students gain valuable professional experience and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world community issues.