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Careers in Anthropology, Sociology, and Geography
Students who major in sociology/anthropology (SOAN) learn to deal creatively with new and challenging problems, conducting research, developing analytical and critical thinking skills, and learning to communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
Because it is a broad field of inquiry, SOAN majors are equipped to enter a wide range of occupational areas, including corporations, government agencies, social service institutions, non-profit organizations, and law enforcement agencies.
An undergraduate SOAN major is also an excellent foundation for graduate study. Research, teaching, museums, archaeology, field work, and advanced administrative positions require a Masters or Ph.D. in the area of study. Professional organizations and other sources provide excellent, detailed information regarding job interest, employers, and specific strategies on how to obtain your employment interests:
What skills can be gained with a anthropology-sociology degree?
Conduct Research and Analyze Data: Anthropology and Sociology encompasses both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Quantitative methods are used in market research, opinion polling, sales, and countless other applications and allow researchers to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics. Qualitative research skills provide an in depth understanding of interactions, communications, worksite practices, and social worlds.
Communicate Skillfully: Because a SOAN major involves lots of reading, writing, and discussion, majors learn how to convey ideas effectively in writing, presentations, and everyday conferences and meetings.
Critical Thinking: Courses involve learning to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why" and "how" of culture, history, social order and structure. The SOAN major develops strong analytical skills and learns to solve problems and identify opportunities.
See Things from a Global Perspective: Anthropologists and sociologists learn about different cultures, groups, and societies. They examine both variation and universality across places and through history.
Prepare for Graduate School: An undergraduate major in SOAN provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, environmental, and archaeology to name just a few.
Much of the previous text is adapted from the American Sociological Association's brochure "Sociology: A 21st Century Major."
In the 2010 Annual Placement Report conducted by the Career Center states 62% were working, 15% were looking for work, and 23% were continuing on as post-graduate students. Examples of graduate schools attended by our graduates include:
A.T. Still University, Charleston School of Law, Florida International University, George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, University of California-San Diego, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Texas-Austin, and Washington State University.
Examples of doctoral and masters programs in which Society & Environment alumni have enrolled include: Anthropology PhD International Relations PhD Sociology PhD Doctor of Jurisprudence Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Masters of Social Work Master of Arts in Education Master of Arts in Museum Studies Master of Arts in Counseling Global Policy
As an experiential method of investigating possible career paths in anthropology and sociology, our students are encouraged to seek out field schools, study abroad, and pursue internships during their college years. There are also one- to two-year post-graduate internships students pursue as a stepping stone into their career, such as the Peace Corps and The Student Conservation Association internships.
There are a large number of search engines available on the web that focus on anthropology and sociology careers. The American Anthropological Association has started a series of podcasts about careers in Anthropology outside of academics such as Forest Service, Cultural Resource Management, and Government Social Services.
The SOAN major provides training particularly well-suited to twenty-first century job markets, with economies that are increasingly international, workforces that are increasingly multicultural, and with participatory management and decision-making styles becoming ever more the norm. Anthropologists, Sociologists, and Environmentalists engage in academic, corporate, nonprofit, or government work both in the US and abroad.
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