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Sociologists receive training which gives them analytical, methodological, and conceptual ability, along with quantitative and qualitative research skills. These skills are necessary in a variety of occupations, ranging from non-profit advocates to social workers to marketing specialists to policy analysts. The expected growth in American jobs will be in social, political and business associations/organizations, including non-profit organizations. For those not interested in the more analytical side, Sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration--fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. In addition, many students choose Sociology because they see it as a firm liberal arts foundation for further training in careers related to law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.

In our minor, major, or MA program in Sociology at UNC, students gain a foundation in sociological theories and methodological skills to build a career in almost any field. Students will understand social relations, institutional arrangements, inequality, social policy, deviance, social control, group dynamics, social identity and family issues. We offer students applied research opportunities and internships working closely with faculty mentors wherein students gain valuable professional experience and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world community issues.

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News & Publications

The Sociology Department is successful because of the quality and diversity of our professors and students. We even make it into the news and get published.

Dr. Harmony Newman: Embodiment without bodies? Analysis of embodiment in US-based pro-breastfeeding and anti-male circumcision movements

Dr. Rebecca Beals contributed to to a book that won “Book of the Year” from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. The book, New Directions: Assessment and Preparation of Hispanic College Students, included Dr. Beals' article, "Multicontextuality: A Framework for Access and Assessment of Underrepresented STEM Students.”

UNC Sociology M.A. graduate, Tasha VanMarter, selected as one of Channel 7's Everyday Heros

Dr. Angie Henderson participated in a Bear in Mind podcast regarding Sex Trafficking in our Own Backyard.

Dr. Rebecca Beals was named Principle Investigator on an evaluation grant assessing the effectiveness and impact of a National Science Foundation program aimed at increasing undergraduate graduation rates and the representation of racial/ethnic minority students in science, technology, engineering and math graduate programs.