sociology studies



Sociology is the systematic study of human societies. It focuses on social organization, human interaction, intitutions and culture. Sociology is built on the premise that understanding how societies function is a necessary prerequisite for creating social change.

At Laney College, students learn how to use a Sociological Perspective to analyze many topics including group relations, inequality, contemporary social issues, as well as considering possibilities for creating deeper social justice.

Abstract people

A degree in sociology equips individuals with a strong understanding of social structures, human behavior, and societal dynamics. Sociology graduates can pursue a wide range of careers in diverse fields. Here are some career options for individuals with a sociology degree:

  1. Social Work:
    • Clinical Social Worker
    • School Social Worker
    • Medical Social Worker
    • Child Welfare Case Worker
  2. Human Resources:
    • HR Specialist
    • Recruitment Specialist
    • Training and Development Specialist
    • Employee Relations Specialist
  3. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement:
    • Probation Officer
    • Correctional Treatment Specialist
    • Police Officer
    • Criminal Investigator
  4. Education:
    • College/University Professor
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Education Consultant
    • Student Affairs Professional
  5. Public Health:
    • Public Health Educator
    • Health Services Manager
    • Community Health Worker
    • Epidemiology Research Assistant
  6. Nonprofit and Social Services:
    • Program Coordinator
    • Case Manager
    • Community Outreach Coordinator
    • Volunteer Coordinator
  7. Market Research and Analysis:
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Survey Researcher
    • Data Analyst
  8. Business and Corporate Sector:
    • Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Specialist
    • Humanitarian Affairs Officer
    • Consumer Insights Analyst
  9. Media and Communications:
    • Media Researcher
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Communications Consultant
  10. Policy Analysis and Advocacy:
    • Policy Analyst
    • Advocacy Coordinator
    • Social Policy Researcher
  11. Community Development:
    • Community Organizer
    • Urban Planner
    • Housing Specialist
    • Economic Development Coordinator
  12. Research and Analysis:
    • Social Researcher
    • Data Analyst
    • Research Assistant
  13. Gerontology and Aging Services:
    • Gerontologist
    • Aging Services Program Manager
    • Long-Term Care Administrator
  14. Environmental Sociology:
    • Environmental Policy Analyst
    • Sustainability Consultant
    • Environmental Justice Advocate

Remember that gaining practical experience through internships, volunteer work, or entry-level positions can enhance your skills and increase your marketability. Networking within your chosen field and considering additional certifications or advanced degrees can also open up more specialized and advanced career opportunities.