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Sociology gain a solid understanding of the criminal justice system.

What are recent graduates doing now?

“R” graduated two years ago. During his time at UST he worked with a faculty member on research, led VISION trips, and participated in the HECUA program’s Metro Urban Studies Seminar. He served as an intern for a local non-profit which advocates for social justice on transportation issues. One of his internship projects led to writing a short essay published in a textbook written by one of the sociology faculty. He currently works for a non-profit that provides services and advocacy for the homeless.

“S” graduated two years ago. During his time at UST he worked with a faculty member on research, examining environmental activism and protest. He is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

“V” graduated six years ago. During her time at UST, she worked with a faculty member on research. After graduation she completed a Ph.D. at Penn State University and now works as a researcher for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Learning opportunites outside of the classroom:

Internships. Sociology majors are not required to do an internship but may do so for credit towards their major. Recent internships have been in the non-profit and government sectors with agencies such as the Family Partnership.

Study abroad. While we do not have a freestanding study abroad program, we have faculty with active interests in researching and teaching abroad. We strongly encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to learn in and from a different culture. We established a link with the University of Limerick, which has a sociology program very similar to ours. This means a UST sociology major could participate in that program without ‘stepping out’ of her major. We also have taken students to Africa during j-term.

Faculty –Student Research. Faculty have presented papers at professional meetings with student co-authors, organized poster sessions at professional meetings to showcase student research, and published papers in professional journals with student co-authors.

Faculty at work

The sociology faculty are active researchers on a variety of topics including: minority student retention, sexual coercion in intimate relationships, catholic sisters and immigrant communities, hate crimes, and domestic terrorism.

What jobs are possible with a Sociology major?

  • Probation/parole
  • Corrections
  • Federal agencies
  • Victims-assistance programs
  • Private security
  • Community organization
  • Public administration
  • Nonprofit agency administration and planning
  • Urban planning
  • Political campaigning
  • Human resources management
  • Personnel


  • Job placement
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Day care teacher
  • Special education aide
  • Corporate training specialist
  • College admissions recruiter
  • Administrative assistant
  • Financial planner
  • After-school program coordinator
  • Alcohol, drug or rehabilitation counseling Social work
  • Working with the mentally / developmentally disabled
  • Health education
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