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Sociology
209.946.2524
Wendell Phillips Center, Second Floor
Susan Mitchell
Administrative Assistant
3611 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
smitchell@pacific.edu

Career Paths

Since sociology is such a broad field, there is really no end to what you can do with the degree.

Sociologists map out social structures, discovering the ways race, gender, power and economic worth configure society.

  • We examine social processes like deviance, social mobility and community building.
  • We explore alternatives and evaluate social solutions to problems like poverty, racism and crime.
  • We try to figure out ways we all can more effectively and equitably interact with one another while maintaining social order or mapping social change.

Our majors enjoy challenging careers in areas as diverse as criminal justice, law, journalism, social services, urban planning, government, education and business.

Some students choose to prepare for graduate study and become professional researchers and teachers in our field.

Graduates from our program include:

  • The first Latina Chief of Police in Northern California
  • A disaster-response planning expert in Washington D.C.
  • A social worker dealing with problems of aging populations in Los Angeles
  • An associate working with a national civil rights organization
  • An advocate for the Cambodian League for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

We are proud of them all!

Career Resource


Nationally, students who major in sociology say they do so to better understand the relationship between the individual and society, and some want to learn how to change society.

The External link American Sociological Association web site provides some interesting information on what to do with a sociology degree and trend data on who is earning sociology degrees.