What is Sociology?


Sociology is the study of human social interaction and social organizations. Sociologists examine social relationships in institutions like the family, religion, the economy, health care, media, education and government. Using theoretical and practical tools, sociologists can begin to understand social behaviors and societies in order to inspire change and contribute knowledge to the general public. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills. Sociology majors are employed in a variety of business, nonprofit, and government jobs.

For more insight on understanding sociology, please view the video on the ASA website: https://www.asanet.org/about/what-is-sociology/

Majoring in Sociology Resources

Sociology students and faculty often hear the question, “What are you going to do with a sociology degree?”  The answer is that a sociology degree serves as an excellent springboard for a variety of careers in many diverse fields. You can easily transfer the skills you obtain with your undergraduate degree in sociology, the trick is to understand how to translate what you have learned into terms future employers find valuable. The American Sociological Association has a number of helpful resources to help with this on their Major in Sociology page: https://www.ndsu.edu/socanth/undergraduate/sociology_majorminor/

Careers in Sociology

Sociological expertise can be useful in careers that involve community service, urban and regional planning, industrial development, population analysis, agricultural and rural life advocacy, economic or marketing studies, health-related work, government administration, human relations, human and social services, management or personnel, and research analysis.

The department has developed several occupational tracks to help students better understand what areas of employment they can pursue.  The tracks options will give a list of potential employers, potential job titles and/or fields along with suggest curriculum choices and skills one would have after completing the tracks.

Why choose Sociology?


Whether you decide to major and minor in Sociology, there is a myriad of useful skills to learn and many meaningful careers to be cultivated. We all have been asked at one time or another, “What are you going to do with a sociology degree?” The answer is that a sociology degree serves as an excellent springboard for a variety of careers in many diverse fields.  You can easily transfer the skills you obtain with your undergraduate or graduate degree in sociology, the trick is to understand how to translate what you have learned into terms future employers find valuable. Sociology also offers a unique insights to things you experience every day as a social being living in society.

Sociology Club

The Sociology Club meets regularly throughout the year and plans social events, outreach, and community service opportunities. You can connect with the Sociology Club on Facebook at NDSU Sociology Club , and/or on Instagram @ndsu_sociology_club

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