Career Opportunities

Sociology Careers: Not Just a Job

In recent years, graduates with degrees in sociology have put their talents to use as graduate students, researchers, teachers, policy consultants and program evaluators. The liberal arts sequence is the best complement for a major in sociology, whether students intend to pursue graduate work or move directly into a career. The basic understanding of a number of academic disciplines gained through a liberal arts education is essential to the variety of work and the diverse range of human experiences.

Recent Graduates' Successes:

Several CSB/SJU sociology majors have embarked upon successful participation in graduate programs throughout the United States. CSB/SJU graduates have attended many universities including Colorado State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Virginia, George Washington University, Purdue University, University of Colorado, Loyola University of Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas and Indiana University.

Awards won by recent sociology graduates include: a Rotary scholarship to study in Australia and a Fulbright fellowship to do research in Germany.

Other students have entered exciting careers in various areas such as:

  • Computer systems manager
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Research
  • Parole officer
  • Family and children’s parent educator
  • Police officer
  • Human Resources
  • Court System
  • Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Stock Trader
  • College Development Officer
Internship and Research Opportunities

Students of the CSB/SJU sociology program have the opportunity to work with individual advisers and develop an internship program which could develop into an important part of their career preparation. Faculty members take a strong interest in the students’ internships, offering guidance and support throughout the entire internship experience.

Recent Internship Sites

  • Stearns County Court Administration
  • St. Cloud Mayor’s Office
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Stearns County Family Services Collaborative
  • Camp Courage
  • Stearns County Social Services
  • Workforce Center
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • Research in Honduras on malnutrition and school success
  • United Way
  • Whitney Senior Center
  • Casa Guadalupe
  • Saint Benedict’s Center
  • Stearns County Community Corrections
  • Anna Marie’s
  • Good Shepherd Community
  • Holdingford High School
  • Youth Resiliency Program
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension