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Sociology

As a sociology major, you’ll focus on basic science while diving deeply into public and educational policies, investigating topics such as gender, racial and income inequality, as well as drug use, economic development and organizational practices. You’ll develop fundamental insight and understanding of sociological issues as well as advanced research skills in quantitative and qualitative methods.

Sample Courses

  • Networks and Health
  • Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • American Society through Film
  • Controversies about Inequality

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive, rather they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

61%   Employed
23%   Attending Grad School
6%     Seeking Employment
10%     Other

64% of the Class of 2014-2018 Sociology graduates completed the survey. n = 79

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Education (23%)
  • Nonprofit Organization (17%)
  • Communications & Media (13%)
  • Consulting/Prof. Practice (10%)
  • Financial Services (8%), Law (8%), Technology (8%0
  • Retail (4%), Government (4%), Human Healthcare Services (4%)

Where 2014-2018 Sociology Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Acacia Network Case Manager
Aldi District Manager Trainee
AllianceBermstein Private Client Associate
Arbour Hri Mental Health Worker
Bloomberg Talent Experience Specialist
Capital One Project Manager
Cardno International Development Development Associate
CBS Corporation Video Campaign Manager
Cisco Systems Associate Systems Engineer
CityYear Litigation Legal Assistant
Curriculum Associates Production Assistant
Deloitte Consulting Business Technology Analyst
Encourage Capital Investment Analyst
Flexport Data Operations Associate
Generator Media and Analytics Digital Ad Operations Assistant
Gorkana Media Executive
Iora Health Payroll and AP Coordinator
Jinjiang College of Sichuan University Teacher
JPMorgan Chase & Co Operations Analyst
Kirby McInerney LLP Litigation Paralegal
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Trademark Paralegal
Law NY Americorps Paralegal
Match Education Corps Member
Mathematica Policy Research Program Associate
Monument Policy Group Legislative Fellow
National Governors Association Program Assistant
Nielsen Company Watch Emerging Leader Associate
North American Family Institute Direct Care Counselor II
Oliver Wyman Consultant
Oracle Corporation Enterprise Cloud Consultant
Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher
Project Holeta Research Assistant
Propane Studio Associate Strategist
Share Our Stength Field Coordinator
Success Academy Charter Schools Operations Coordinator
Teach for America Teacher (5)
Corps Member (2)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Associate

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Education (24%)
  • Law (18%)
  • Sociology (12%)
  • Management Studies (6%), Government (6%), Acting (6%), Public Health (6%), Biological Sciences (6%), Hosp & Health Services (6%), Public Policy (6%), Medicine (6%)

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • MS (28%)
  • JD (17%)
  • MA (17%)
  • PhD (17%)
  • MD (6%), MPP (6%), MPH (6%), MHA (6%)

Where 2014-2018 Sociology Graduates Study

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Teachers College - Columbia University
  • The New School
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Washington University In St Louis