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Department of Sociology Careers for Sociology Majors: Criminal Justice

Translating Sociology to Criminal Justice

A degree in sociology can be particularly useful for careers in the criminal and juvenile justice fields, including law enforcement, probation/parole, and corrections. Agencies hiring in these fields are placing increased emphasis on well-developed social skills and an understanding of individual and group behavior, including sensitivity in dealing with diverse populations. A grounding in social research methods and statistics that is provided through a Sociology degree are also particularly useful in the criminal and juvenile justice fields.

In today’s economy, business career jobs are hard to find. When you diversify your skill set with the knowledge a sociology degree gives you, you can be as competitive, if not more, than other undergraduate majors. Indeed, some of the nation’s largest companies actively recruit non-business majors because of the depth and breadth of knowledge non-business majors have and because businesses today must deal with many social issues: diversity in the workplace, communication, globalization, management-employee relations. What’s more, MBA students hail from all disciplines. In fact, in 2004, at one of the nation’s top MBA programs 13 percent of MBA graduates were social science majors, and an additional 21 percent were Liberal Arts majors.