Sociology - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

In order to understand society, we must study it. Sociology majors tend to have developed reading skills. If students want to make a change in the world, they will also need to communicate their ideas to others. Thus, writing is an important skill for students majoring in sociology. Additionally, since most social problems are complex, student should enjoy solving puzzles and using critical thinking skills. All of these skills are developed in the sociology program at CMU.


What will I learn?

In addition to reading, writing and critical thinking skills, sociology majors also develop analytical skills using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students learn to study people and society using experiments, surveys, and analysis of existing data, for example data from the United States Census. Students also learn to study local cultures by observing and interviewing people.

Interested in an area of study that is not normally offered? The faculty at CMU will do their best to accommodate student interests by creating new courses or modifying existing ones.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

Students are encouraged to seek out internships. Internships are often a way for students to explore careers, and build social networks that can lead to career opportunities upon graduation.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

According to the American Sociological Association,

  • Sociologists become high school teachers or faculty in colleges and universities, advising students, conducting research, and publishing their work. Over 3000 colleges offer sociology courses.
  • Sociologists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers, and program managers.
  • Practicing sociologists with advanced degrees may be called research analysts, survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers.


Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.


What are some CMU graduates in this major doing?

Students who majored in Sociology at CMU have gone into a variety of careers. Several students have gone into graduate school. Other students are working in helping professions such as working at the Rainbow House, in the juvenile justice system, at the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center, with people who need assisted living, and with kids who are autistic.