Freshman

Course Selection

  • SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective

Ask for Assistance

  • Make sure to meet regularly with your academic advisor in the college and the sociology program
  • Individual planning and advisor guidance can ensure you are off to a strong start

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé
  • Volunteer in community organizations.

Get Involved

  • Join the Sociology Club

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • SOCY 3550: Minority Groups

Ask for Assistance

  • Talk to your advisor about selecting a minor that fits your academic and professional plans
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.

Gain Experience

  • Volunteer to help with a research project
  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • If pursuing graduate education, get involved with undergraduate research opportunities
  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining

Junior

Course Selection

  • STAT 2010: Statistics for Social Behavior and Sciences; SOCY 3700: Methods of Social Research
  • (2) Sociology concentration electives
  • (2) Sociology directed electives

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
  • Talk to your sociology advisor about an internship or community project.
  • Additionally, look into a study abroad program

Gain Experience

  • Volunteer to help with a research project
  • Talk to a professor about conducting your own research
  • Take part in Study Abroad opportunities
  • Participate in an internship

Get Involved

  • Consider joining Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD, the international honor society for sociology
  • Pursue a leadership role in at least one of the organizations in which you participate

Senior

Course Selection

  • SOCY 4400: Contemporary Theory or SOCY 4700: Crime Theory
  • (4) Sociology concentration electives

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with you advisors and the UCC as you develop your CV/resume and apply to graduate schools or for employment opportunities

Gain Experience

  • Offer to tutor SOCY 1000 students and continue to conduct your own research
  • Present research at AU Research Week and/or conferences

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
  • Consider becoming a student member of a professional organization such as The American Sociological Association to stay current in field developments and networking opportunities

General Information

This degree gives students an understanding of these social contexts and helps them develop skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research. The program offers courses on the study of organizations, criminal and deviant behavior, social psychological processes, family life, legal institutions, medical systems, intercultural studies, human population dynamics, and international development.

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Interests

Holland's Code: IER

  • Investigative
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENTJ
  • ENFP
  • INFJ
  • INTJ

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Recognition
  • Independence
  • Achievement

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Sociology Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021