A Career Guide for the Sociology Major

What holds some groups of people together and pulls others apart? Sociologists seek answers to these and other key questions facing our increasingly complex social order. As scientists, sociologists explore social order and disorder in areas ranging from art to war, from the shaping of an individual's attitudes to the development of a group's basic values, and from the structure of families to the nature of bureaucracy. Sociology is a holistic science that studies the nature, origin, and development of human society and communal life.

Research is a basic activity of the sociologist. Sociologists use their research to provide insights that aid us in understanding the different ways in which individuals and groups make decisions, exercise power or respond to change. To explain the varying conditions of life, sociologists have to look at society in various ways; as a network of individuals in interaction, as a series of interlocking games, and as a complex system of relationships. No aspect of behavior in society, however routine and trivial it may appear, is without meaning and importance to the sociologist, who seeks explanations that can be directed toward the improvement of human conditions

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Studying human/social behaviors
  • Research
  • Social issues
  • Diverse cultures
  • Reading
  • Report writing
  • Public service
  • Working with numbers/statistics
  • Leadership roles
  • Global Studies
  • Social Change and Social Justice NGOs
  • Community Transformation
  • Community Transformation
  • Clear expression of ideas
  • Computer literacy
  • Solving problems
  • Perceptiveness
  • Critical thinking
  • Compiling/analyzing data
  • Logical thinking
  • Abstract reasoning


The Sociology program leads to a B.A. degree and requires a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 60 credit hours must be from a senior institution and at least 30 credit hours must be taken in Sociology. Students may take a maximum of 40 credit hours in Sociology. Students entering FAU as freshmen must meet the University's Core Curriculum/Four Year Degree Program requirements as listed in the Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities section of the Undergraduate Catalog. In addition to meeting the University and/or College degree requirements, students majoring in Sociology are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in each Sociology course before it counts toward fulfillment of the Sociology degree requirements.


The following are examples of positions often held by Sociology graduates:

Market Research Analyst
Case Worker
Housing Manager
Public Relations Specialist
Urban/Regional Planner
Admissions Counselor
Sales Representative
Rehabilitation Counselor
Human Resources Representative
Foreign Service Officer
College Professor
Policy Analyst
Research Institute Manager
Intelligence Specialist
Public Health Statistician
Human Resources Interviewer
Job Analyst
Congressional Aide
Hospice Coordinator
Nursing Home Administrator
Claims Adjuster/Examiner

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
Davie campus - Liberal Arts Building, Room 421 (LA 421)

Department of Sociology
Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 386 (SO 386)
Davie Campus - 954-236-1101

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology.
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