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Sociology

1. What is the Sociology major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Sociology resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Sociology major?

1. What is the Sociology major?

Sociologists research industrial and post-industrial societies, their social structure, collective beliefs, and institutional patterns.  They seek to scientifically explain the effects of social class, race, gender, and power on the opportunities, cultural activities, moral beliefs, democratic capacities, and health of individuals and families.  Sociologists use particular theoretical tools (such as social capital) and rigorous rules of empirical evidence (statistical, historical, and ethnographic) to contribute scholarly articles and books. At Wake Forest sociology faculty research and publish on, among other topics, family violence, racial disparities, the wine industry, cultural capital and higher education, litigation in the health care industry, public health, labor relations and religion.  The department houses the nationally renowned Reynolda Gerontology Program, a center for studies on later-life migration patterns, and The Sociology of Religion, a quarterly review journal.

The sociology program at Wake Forest is particularly strong in the subject areas of stratification, race, gender, gerontology, economic organization, education, religion, culture, research methods and theory.  Copies of the Handbook for Sociology Students, which specify requirements for majors, may be obtained from the departmental office.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Sociology majors include:

Adoption Agency Case Worker
Attorney
Case Manager
Clinical Assistant
Consultant
Counselor
Criminologist
Employment Recruiter
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Specialist
Lobbyist
Mental Health Assistant
Peace Corps Volunteer
Physician
Prevention Educator
Probation Officer
Psychologist
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Residential Counselor
Social Worker
Volunteer Coordinator

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Knowledge of social facts; Understanding of the logic of social research; Appreciation of social science as a collective and public minded vocation; Knowledge of statistics including regression analysis; Familiarity with ethnographic and historical research; Familiarity with organizational and institutional dynamics; Knowledge of racial, gender, and class disparities; Knowledge of the history of social theory; Analytic and critical cognitive skills; Extensive verbal and written communication skills; and capacity to conduct and report original research.

4. What Sociology resources are available?

American Sociological Association
American Society of Criminology
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Social Work and Social Services Jobs Online
Clinical Social Work Federation
American Journal of Sociology

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Sociology majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Sociology major?

For more information about the Sociology major, visit the WFU Department of Sociology.