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?
- Federal agencies
- Victims-assistance programs
- Private security
- Community organization
- Public administration
- Nonprofit agency administration and planning
- Urban planning
- Political campaigning
- Human resources management
- Job placement
- 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