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Career Resources

There are many areas of employment for which a background in sociology would be useful and practical. A major in sociology prepares students for careers in:

  • Environment and society
  • Criminal justice system
  • Demographics
  • Human services
  • Business
  • Education
  • Social science research
  • Community relations
  • Federal, state and local government agencies

The following resources may be useful to you in determining your future career path.

Off Campus Resources

American Sociological Association (ASA)
This is the national professional association of U.S. sociologists. The site has useful resources on funding opportunities, major journals, data sources, and jobs for people with advanced degrees in the field.

Careers in Sociology
In-depth career information from the American Sociological Association.

Pacific Sociological Association
A regional sociological assoication of western and pacific universities. PSA provides students and graduate students with opportunities to present their research.

Department of Labor Occupational Handbook
Read up on what the US Bureau of Labor has to say on hundreds of jobs. From expected job prospects to earning potential, this can be a gold mine of information.

On Campus Resources

Career Center
The Career Center provides students with job counseling, advising, help with finding a career, mentoring, and more.

Center for the Study of Women and Society
The Center for the Study of Women in Society was founded at the University of Oregon in 1983. Its precursor, the Center for the Sociological Study of Women, was founded in 1973. This multidisciplinary research center generates, supports and disseminates research on gender and on all aspects of women’s lives.

Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies examines the construction and context of ethnicity in the United States with a primary focus on Americans of African, Asian, Latino/a, and Native American descent. As an element of American identity that cuts across disciplinary categories, ethnicity requires a mode of study that draws on the humanities and the social sciences as well as interdisciplinary sources such as cultural studies.

International Studies
International Studies offers interdisciplinary bachelor of arts (B.A.) and master of arts (M.A.) degrees. Themes of the program are cross-cultural communication and understanding, environmental issues, and international development.

Office of Academic Advising
The Office of Academic Advising helps students with academic requirements, choosing a major, freshman and transfer student advising, and free advising workshops.

Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of Student Life offers numerous programs throughout the year. From commencement to services for nontraditional students to cheating, Student life has information for you.

Russian and East European Studies Center
The Russian and East European Studies Center (REESC) is devoted to the study of the peoples living in the eastern third of Europe, through the steppes of Central Asia, and across Siberia to the Pacific Ocean. Settled over a territory that spans half the earth’s time zones, these peoples have created a complex mosaic of cultures, expressed in literature and art, but also in institutions and social forms.

Women’s and Gender Studies Program
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The program also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors.

The Sociology department is working with Bill Sherman, Director of Career and Advising Services in Economics, to develop a Career Advising resource which will support sociology majors and minors in their academic planning and career development needs.  During summer and fall 2016 this program will be in development, and we hope to roll out many new resources for students during the 2016-17 academic year.

Location: 405 PLC