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A major in sociology prepares you for a wide array of careers in human and social services. As the American Sociological Association concluded, “Employers today want to hire people who have creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills. They want to hire people who have multi-cultural and global understandings, strong math and science skills, and excellent written expression. Studying sociology helps you gain the skills you need.”

Our alumni have gone on to a variety of rewarding fields, including social work, education, research and evaluation, government and non-profit work, writing, law, and criminal justice. Many have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees in education, social work, law and anthropology.

Here's what a few Elmhurst sociology graduates are doing now:

  • Amanda Fark ’03: Higher education administrator
  • Kelly Morales ’03: Parent outreach specialist for a community center
  • Teresa Stock ’03: Career services advisor
  • D. Scott Tharp ’05: Associate director of diversity education
  • Elyse Dobney ’07: Nonprofit manager
  • Nina Kessel ’07: Hospital social worker
  • Billie Risley ’08: Energy advisor
  • Elvisa Pandzic ’09: Associate manager for Nielsen (consumer research)
  • Katie McDougall ’10: School social worker
  • Kayleigh Sulima ’10: Human resources manager
  • John Michael Sullivan ’10: Youth counselor
  • Kirbie Knutsen ’11: Medical social worker
  • Juliet Longano ’11: School social worker
  • Rachel Bomba ’12: Social services representative
  • Melissa Miehlke ’13: Senior center activities coordinator
  • Melissa Barrios ’14: Graduate student in social work
  • Molly Monroe ’14: Graduate student in social work
  • Kathy Katris ’15: Non-profit daycare assistant
  • Jacob Henry ’16: Graduate student in anthropology

For further information about careers, go to the Prospective Students area of the American Sociological Association's website.

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