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The American Sociological Association reports that, "B.A.s in sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, social services and government... Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate education in sociology provides... 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."

Smith sociology majors have pursued careers and graduate study in a wide variety of fields. Recent graduates have attended graduate programs in law; sociology; anthropology; medicine; social work; hospital administration; business; city planning; public health; public policy; special education; and criminal justice. Majors who went directly to work after undergraduate school found a range of jobs, including: paralegal; union organizer; research assistant; bank management; brokerage staff assistant; teaching; school admissions; social services; course assistant; Peace Corps; public relations; and aide in a psychiatric hospital. A number of our recent graduates are working in nonprofit organizations and pursuing careers in social and political activism.

The department maintains a bulletin board and a collection of relevant materials for the use of students interested in graduate study in sociology. These are located on the first floor at Pierce Hall (near Room 104). A current copy of A Guide to Graduate Departments (published annually by the American Sociological Association) is retained by the sociology department assistant and may be consulted in Wright 224.

The Lazarus Center for Career Development also has extensive resources. Students are encouraged to read the weekly bulletins sent to each house by the Lazarus Center. The staff in the center assist with both January and summer internships as well as post-graduate jobs. Students who are unclear about what to do after graduation are encouraged to consider internships as ways of gaining experience and finding out what they might and might not enjoy.