What kinds of jobs are available for sociology majors?

Many sociology graduates from The College of Wooster go on to graduate school in sociology or related fields. Those who enter the job market have started careers in business, education, law, public administration, public health, social work, counseling, research, and criminal justice. Recent graduates include a high school principal, journalist, research fellow and other roles.

Sociology at The College of Wooster

The program emphasizes the value of learning how to deal with contemporary social issues and how to develop problem-solving and research skills. Students have abundant opportunities to learn and conduct research outside the classroom, including a course taught once a year in a juvenile prison and semester programs abroad. Faculty members bring expertise in systems of inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, medical systems, welfare reform, criminology, nonprofit work, environmental advocacy, etc. Students can opt to be part of a 3-2 program with Case Western Reserve University, allowing them to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work in five years.

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Faculty & Staff

Christa Craven

Christa Craven

Dean for Faculty Development; Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology


Heather Fitz Gibbon

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Department Chair of Urban Studies


Pam Frese

Pam Frese

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology


Setsuko Matsuzawa

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology and Sociology; East Asian Studies


David McConnell

David McConnell

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology [On Leave 2021-22]


Michael Miyawaki

Michael Miyawaki

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology


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Olivia Navarro-Farr

Associate Professor of Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology (on leave 2021-22)


Anne Nurse

Anne Nurse

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology


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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Zareen Thomas

Zareen Thomas

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


Tom Tierney

Thomas Tierney

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology


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Sociology course engaging incarcerated students via robots featured

Anne Nurse, professor of sociology and anthropology at The College of Wooster found a new way to engage with incarcerated students at a local […]

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Wooster’s Model United Nations delegation wins Best Overall Delegation Award at AMUN Chicago conference

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Christa Craven the dean for faculty development and professor of women's, gender, & sexuality studies and sociology and anthropology

Craven receives 2021 CAR Book Prize for ‘Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making’

The 2021 Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Book Prize has been awarded to Christa Craven the dean for faculty development and professor of […]

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The basic challenge in sociology is to understand ourselves and others more fully. The discipline asks us to probe beneath the surface and to question why people behave as they do, especially in group situations. The sociological perspective asks us to question what we often take for granted, why our society operates as it does, and how our social arrangements could be different.

Students who major in sociology must take 12 department-related courses, including courses in anthropology, social statistics, classic and contemporary social theory.

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Six courses in sociology and related courses are required to complete a minor.

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Independent Study

In the senior year, each student works with a faculty mentor to conduct an intensive investigation into a subject of the student’s choosing, which results in the Independent Study thesis.  Recent students have explored major social problems such as crime, homelessness, or poverty as well as issues affecting individuals and families such as college dating behavior, the effects of athletic participation on academic performance, and working mothers.

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Many majors elect to enter graduate study in sociology.  Others move into careers in business, education, law, public administration, social work, counseling, museum studies, and criminal justice.  For example, one recent graduate is working as a career counselor at Georgetown University; another is an associate attorney in a law firm; others have titles ranging from medical social worker to college librarian to bank manager.

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Monét Davis ’19

Monét Davis ’19 generates new lessons and conversations about social justice

As a communications and operations associate at The Loveland Group, Monét Davis ’19 helps carry out the work of the organization’s many initiatives, including Elizabeth’s Bookshop […]

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Sociology alumnus honored for creating WooStories program

Jisou “Armel” Lee ’19 designated a space where people of all backgrounds could share their stories and experiences.

Will Sherry ’05

Sociology major supports LGBTQ people at the University of Michigan

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Stieglitz Memorial Fund

In 1989 Mr. and Mrs. Lewis N. Stieglitz, M.D. from Concord, New Hampshire, established an endowed fund in memory of their son Martin, a Sociology major, who died in an off-campus apartment fire, spring semester, 1989.  The fund enables the Department to invite prominent sociologists and anthropologists to campus each year as Stieglitz Lecturers.

Faculty Emeriti

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Robert Blair

Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology

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Charles Hurst

Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology