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Sociology

Overview
First Destination Data
Internships
What to do with a degree in Sociology
Sociology Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

The Department of Sociology has done innovative, often pathbreaking work in the discipline, and their engaged scholarship has influenced the formation of significant movements and policies for democratic change. Its founding traditions of European theorizing and "Chicago School" field studies have been continually enriched with feminist and other critical theoretical approaches, as well as through comparative institutional analyses in a globalizing world. While the department offers a range of methods, including historical, quantitative and comparative, the program has specialized in qualitative analysis. In addition to theory and methods, the department currently focuses especially on three substantive areas: Gender and Feminist Studies, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Politics and Social Change.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Sociology alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Sociology major at Brandeis.

Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Sociology major at Brandeis.

Year Title Company Industry
2014 Associate Xaxis Marketing and Advertising
2014 IT Consultant  Massachusetts Health Counsel Computer Science/ Health Care
2014 Conpensation Analyst JPMorgan Chase Human Resources
2014 Bristol-Myers Squibb Promotional Review Editor Health Care
2013 Team Leader Repair the World Nonprofit
2013 Fundraising Coordinator  UJA-Federation of New York Nonprofit
2013 Disability Benefits Specialist  Unum Insurance/ HR
2012 Legal Assistant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP Law
2012 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Development Assistant Research
2011 Program Assistant Social Science Research Council Policy
2010 Executive Assistant Family Equality Council Political Organization
2010 Outreach & Advocacy Associtate Results Educational Fund International Affairs
2010 Family Equality Council Executive Assistant Nonprofit/ Community Service
2010 UCSF - Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Project Coordinator Healthcare
2010 Communications Coordinator The Jewish Theological Seminary Non Profit Organization Managment
2009 Special Education Teacher Boston Public Schools Education & Teaching
2009 Alumni Relations Coordinator New York University Higher Education

Skills, Abilities & Knowledge  

Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Internships 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Sociology (.pdf)


Sociology Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills 1

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral and Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
  • Oral and Written Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken and written words.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Knowledge

  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


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