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.
What opportunities are there to bolster my resume while I'm in the program?
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