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Melissa Nelson '10, a nurse midwife at OB-GYN Associates in Providence, R.I., speaks to students during an alumni panel. Other participants on the panel included, from left, Lauren Maloney '12, cooperative education advisor at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business; Sandra van den Heuvel '14, clinical supervisor at Spectrum Health Systems; Tim Jarry '00, chief investment officer at Holy Cross; and Katherine Sutton '12, associate PR manager at Reebok US.

Melissa Nelson '10, a nurse midwife at OB-GYN Associates in Providence, R.I., speaks to students during an alumni panel. 

Our graduates pursue careers in business, health professions, marketing, education, law, social work, public service (government and non-governmental organizations), advocacy, and academia. 

Sociology Careers

Majoring in sociology provides a strong preparation for positions throughout the business, health, social service, and government worlds. Employers look for people with the critical thinking and research skills that an undergraduate education in sociology provides.

What Our Sociology Graduates Say

“One of the most meaningful things I gained from being a sociology major was that I was able to obtain a diverse education that taught me about different genders and cultures. I was challenged to think outside of the box and work together with different classmates and professors which expand my template of knowledge.”
Katherine Sutton ’12
Reebok, manager of classics assets and activation

“I gained a more nuanced understanding of the many factors that shape how people act and interact. As it pertains to medicine, I learned how patients are more than the diseases they present with; they are intricate narratives of illness interwoven with a slew of social determinants.” 
Nicholas Cormier ’15
Medical student, UMass Medical School; former medical simulation and research assistant

“My sociology major at Holy Cross very much prepared for what I do now. Following graduation from Holy Cross, I entered a Ph.D. program in sociology at Brandeis University. My research interests in medical sociology and aging today stem very much from my classes and experiences in sociology at Holy Cross. The skills I cultivated in my sociology classes at Holy Cross prepared me tremendously for graduate work in sociology.”
Julia Bandini ’12
Ph.D. student in sociology, Brandeis University

Some Immediate Post-Graduation Plans of the Class of 2018

  • Research analyst at Massey Quick Simon, a financial services company
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest - Year of service
  • Ph.D. program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in sociology (with a focus on aging and caregiving)
  • Project specialist at MassMutual
  • Master of educational specialist degree program at Tufts University in school psychology
  • Teaching fellow at Nativity School of Worcester
  • College Advising Corp at Boston University
  • Conducting summer research at Holy Cross for nine weeks, and then attending University of California, San Diego to earn an MFA in Poetry as their San Diego Fellow
  • Medical scribe; applying to physician assistant graduate program

Graduate School Information

Career Information

Some Career Paths

Explore some areas, employers and strategies you can use when looking for a job with a major in sociology. 

Education

Areas:
Teaching
Administration
Alumni Relations
Placement Offices
Research

Employers:
Public & Private Schools
Colleges & Universities

Strategies:
Obtain certification/licensing to teach grades K-12.
Earn dual certification to increase job opportunities
Volunteer as a tutor.
Assist a professor with research
Earn a master's degree to teach in two-year colleges
Obtain Ph.D. to teach and for advanced research positions in colleges & universities.
Secure strong personal recommendations, especially from professors
Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail.
Take courses in sociology of education, social psychology, developmental psychology, research, and statistics
Develop excellent communication skills

Business

Areas:
Demography/Planning
Human Resources
Management
Sales
Advertising
Marketing
Consumer Research
Insurance
Real Estate
Personnel/Training
Administration
Recruiting
Public Relations

Employers:
Research Departments/Firms
Personnel/Industrial Relations Departments
Marketing/Management Firms
Organizational Planning Departments/Firms
International Business
Manufacturing Firms
Advertising Firms
Consumer Research/Public Relations Firms
Insurance/Real Estate Companies
Publishing Firms
Consulting Firms
Retail Stores
Banks
Staffing Agencies
Service Industry
Non-profit Organizations
Health Care Organizations

Strategies:
Focus on an occupational area: personnel, industrial relations, management, marketing, or public relations.
Take courses in labor relations, industrial psychology, sociology of work, personnel management, public speaking, writing, social psychology, and human/social interaction.
Take business classes such as accounting
Gain related experience through part-time jobs, summer work, and internships
Join related professional organizations
Seek leadership roles in student organizations
Learn skills in communication networking, electronic mail, computers, spreadsheets, databases, adn word processing
Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
Stress work experience, social skills, public speaking, writing skills, statistics & research training when interviewing.

Social Science Research

Areas:
Market Research Analysis 
Evaluation Research
Research
Data Analysis
Demography
Information Sourcing

Employers:
Federal Government
National Headquarters of Non-Profit Organizations
Firms conducting social, market, or statistical research
Public Relations Firms
Professional Periodicals
Newspapers, Magazines, & News Agencies
Social Service Agencies
Hospitals
Business & Industry
Labor Unions
Professional Sociologists
Universities
Religious Organizations
Public Opinion Research Polls
Community Organizations
Private Industry
Advertising and Marketing Firms
Consulting Organizations
Information Broker

Strategies:
Learn federal government job application process.
Develop strong quantitative, statistical, writing, informational gathering, and assimilating skills.
Take courses in research methods and statistics.
Learn skills in communication networking, electronic mail, statistics software, and database, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing programs
Acquire related experience.
Obtain graduate degree for advancement and specialized areas.
Earn certification in applied social research by The American Sociological Association.

Community Relations

Employers:
Federal, State, & Local Government
National headquarters & local branches of non-profit organizations
Private Social Service Organizations
Religiously Affiliated Service Organizations
Child Care Agencies

Strategies:
Learn federal, state & local government job application process.
Obtain experience in counseling, advocacy or administration.
Acquire knowledge of community problems & government resources.
Gain volunteer experience.
Take courses in public speaking, inequality, social classes, race relations, gender, social psychology, social/human interaction.
Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail.

Government

Areas:
Social Science Analysis
Social Statistics
Demography
Administration
Management
Program Development
Policy Analysis
Personnel
Research
Investigation
Corrections
Rehabilitation
Law Enforcement
Judiciary
Human Services
City Planning

Employers:
Public Assistance Agencies
Federal, State, Local, & County Government
Department of Agriculture
Department of Education
Department of the Interior
Health and Human Services
Drug Enforcement Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Housing and Urban Development
Veterans Administration
National Institute of Health
National Institute of Aging

Strategies:
Learn federal, state & local government job application process.
Learn skills in computers, communication networking, & electronic mail.
Take additional courses in statistics and social research
Obtain experience in research &a evaluation.
Acquire skills in survey & evaluation research, and specialties in such fields as medical/health sociology, aging, criminal justice, demography, and family.
Gain experience via co-op programs and volunteer work.
Obtain graduate degree for advancement.

Environment and Society

Employers:
Waste Management Firms
Health Agencies
Local Planning Agencies
Environmental Advocacy Groups
National Advocacy Groups
Environmental Periodicals
Federal Government
Regional, State, & Local Agencies
Consulting Firms
Environmental Periodicals
Private Industry

Strategies:
Take courses in general and urban ecology, statistics, environmental science and public speaking.
Learn skills in communication networking, electronic mail, and analytical writing.
Join environment-related student organizations
Gain experience via part-time or internships and volunteer work.
Obtain graduate degree for advancement.

Demography

Employers:
Companies & Organizations doing demographic forecasting and population studies.
Companies compiling market research data.
Consulting firms
Business & Industry
International, Federal & State Agencies
Government & Regional Planning Departments
Colleges & Universities
Foundations
Advertising & Marketing Firms
Private Research Firms

Strategies:
Take courses in social research methods, statistics, computer applications, population, social movements, calculus, & foreign language.
Develop good communication skills.
Gain essential practical experience via part-time, internships, & volunteer work.
Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail.
Obtain graduate degree for advancement.

Criminal Justice

Areas:
Corrections
Rehabilitation
Law Enforcement
Judiciary

Employers:
Correction Institutions
Court Systems
Federal, State, & Local Government,
Law Enforcement Agencies

Strategies:
Emphasize research methods, statistics and computer skills.
Gain essential practical experience via part-time, internships, & volunteer work.
Volunteer to work with troubled youth
Develop a desire to work with and help all types of people
Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail.
Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
Obtain experience in a branch of the military.

This information came from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Southern Indiana

Anthropology Careers 

Anthropology is a highly applicable social science that is gaining wider purchase within the worlds of business, health, law, policy, journalism and international relations.

For example, businesses are now keen to hire anthropologists to better understand the behaviors of their clients around the globe and broaden their consumer base. In the medical and legal careers, anthropological skills are very useful to translate between cultural systems and provide more fair and equitable services. Any job that requires international exchanges (and most jobs today do) benefits from an approach that is attuned to cultural difference and global inequality. Anthropology also prepares students for graduate study in a wide variety of fields, such as public health, museum studies, environmental studies, archeology and social work, among many others.

What Our Anthropology Graduates Say

“I teach high school history and it has been important for me to keep my anthropological lens. I have my students look at events from all different angles and perspectives. I worked at the Holy Cross Cantor Art Gallery and was involved in the planning and execution of a textile exhibit. My passion for that project led me to my current graduate school program in museum studies at John Hopkins University.”
Hana Carey ’13
Teacher

“As a future medical student, my anthropology minor taught me how to communicate effectively, and prepared me to interview and connect with individuals from varying cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. I think my minor prepared me to be a culturally competent physician who can connect and treat patients across cultural and language barriers. My minor also helped improve my writing and communication skills, which have proved invaluable in setting me apart from my peers in my scientific/medical career thus far.”
Patricia Giglio ‘14
Medical student at Brown University; former research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School

“One of the most meaningful things I gained from my anthropology major was learning how to critically analyze. It's a skill that I use in my job now and what I used as a Fulbright researcher in Indonesia. Being able to analyze a situation to try and understand it fully (or as fully as one can) has allowed me to gain different perspectives, making me more open-minded but also enabling me to be more critical, or to ‘dig deeper.’ ”
Martha Walters ‘14
Research Analyst/The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Some Immediate Post-Graduation Plans of the Class of 2018

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest year of service as a community support specialist for the Women and Children's Alliance in Boise, Idaho, which provides support and resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • Villanova Law School
  • Assistant director of the Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey New York High School

Value of an Anthropology Degree

The following news articles describe the value of an anthropology degree in the professional world.

General Information About Majoring in Anthropology

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