Undergraduate Sociology Program

Sociology is the study of human social activity, relationships, and social structures. In our increasingly diverse world, the study of sociology gives you skills 21st century workers need: critical and analytical thinking, writing ability, cultural competence, and self-awareness. Mastering the basics of sociology teaches you to understand situations of people different than you, another advantage in this rapidly globalizing world. Questions? Email: soc-advising@illinois.edu

What Can I Do With My Sociology Major?

Sociology provides a launching pad for a variety of jobs or pathways to additional education: 

  • Pre-Law, Pre-Dental and Pre-Med students can take the prerequisites for graduate programs while studying Sociology to develop the skills to make them better practitioners and are competitive applicants with our unique internship program and department research opportunities
  • Career Paths:
    • Human Services: Counseling, Advocacy, Case Management, Mental Health Services, Programming, Administration
    • Criminal Justice: Federal Agencies, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Rehabilitation, Judiciary, Case Worker
    • Education: Teaching, Graduate Studies, Research, Administration, Higher Education
    • Government: Demography, US Census, Public Administration, Policy Analysis, Program Management, Grant Manager, Development
    • Research: Market Research, Census, Data Analysis, Information Sourcing
    • Business: Consulting, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Management