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What Can You Do with a Sociology Degree?

The sociology program stresses both traditional liberal arts and career education through a general sociology major, a sociology major with a concentration in criminology, and a sociology minor. The program provides understanding of social relationships through stability and change, as well as conflict and cooperation among persons, groups, organizations and communities.

The major is designed to make students into independent thinkers with a clear understanding of real-life situations, and the ability to apply knowledge to reducing and resolving social problems. Field Period placements in settings of interest to the student are an important part of the sociology program. Career opportunities are available in virtually any vocation that involves working with people. Examples include the areas of juvenile services, social planning and policymaking, personnel management, public and industrial relations, probation, law enforcement, community action, and social research.

The program also prepares students for graduate study in sociology and such related fields as counseling, administration, law, applied social research, and social work. The sociology major may be completed with either a general major or a concentration in criminology.

Learn more about majoring in Sociology at Keuka College.

Sociology Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward a sociology degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our sociology students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

Auburn Police Department
Auburn, N.Y.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Manchester, N.H.
Cayuga County District Attorney's Office
Auburn, N.Y.
Cooperstown Central School
Cooperstown, N.Y.
Nashua New Hampshire Police Department
Nashua, N.H.
Vermont State Police
East Middlebury, Vt.

What Can I Do with a Sociology Degree?

With a Sociology degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • Advertising
  • Advertising Media Planner
  • Advocate Youth Outreach
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Sociologist
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Planning
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Corrections
  • Counselor, Advocate
  • Data Analyst
  • Environmentalist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Evaluation Researcher
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Worker
  • Home for Runaways
  • Housing Coordinator
  • Human Resources,Labor Relations
  • Human Services Worker
  • Interviewer
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Market Research Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Medical Sociologist
  • Mental Health Services
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Administration
  • Public Education Coordinator
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Survey Worker
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research Sociologist
  • Social Caseworker
  • Social Research Assistant
  • Social Science Analyst
  • Social Services Administration
  • Social Services Director
  • Social Services Programming
  • Social Services Recreation
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Youth Worker

Average Annual Salary

$28,000 (counseling), $48,000 (law enforcement) National Association of Colleges and Employers, Salary Survey: 2006-2007