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Careers for Sociology & Criminology Majors

What is a sociology and criminology major?

Students in sociology and criminology develop the insights of the sociological perspective as they become familiar with continuing research and theoretical analyses of the social world.

They learn how to better understand the structures and patterns upon which everyday life rests, to understand the interplay between individual choices and social constraint, to interpret events from multiple perspectives, and to examine social arrangements critically. They learn how to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

Visit the University of Denver's sociology and criminology department.

Common careers for sociology and criminology majors:

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology pursue work in a variety of fields. Many students secure careers in business, sociology, criminology and advocacy. Additionally, many go on to graduate school in law, social work and education.

Common job titles held by sociology and criminology majors include:

  • community organizer
  • teacher
  • journalist
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile probation officer
  • victim services specialist
  • nonprofit administrator
  • public relations manager

Professional skills of sociology and criminology majors

  • ability to conduct qualitative research
  • ability to conduct quantitative research
  • ability to develop a sound argument based on data
  • ability to communicate complex ideas both orally and in writing
  • ability to interact with people from different backgrounds
  • ability to engage in critical thinking
  • ability to work as part of a team

Is a sociology and criminology major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in sociology and criminology? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire sociology and criminology majors and alumni who majored in sociology and criminology. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.