In the last century, there has been an abundance of influential social changes that have led to drastic changes in our society. These developments include the explosion of industry and urban communities, the rapid evolution of technology, accessible education, and the expansion of civil rights. If you’re interested in the various and changing roles within our society, and knowing how to interpret and predict them, then you may wish to major in Sociology.

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UTSA’s Sociology Program

UTSA’s Sociology degree offers a rigorous program of study that will have you exploring social institutions, cultural dynamics and the processes of social interaction. The program offers a diverse set of electives that cover topics and interests that will introduce you to the dynamics of social life. These electives include studies on social inequality, the Latino/a experience, healthcare inequalities, and the role of religion and culture in shaping human societies. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to seek employment in a diverse private sector, nonprofit and government settings or pursue a graduate education.

Academic Information:

College

College for Health, Community & Policy

Department

Department of Sociology

Degrees Offered

Careers in Sociology

Top job titles for Sociology graduates include:

• Social Worker
• Human Service Assistant
• Clinical Case Manager
• Behavioral Counselor
• Human Services Manager
• Correctional Treatment Specialist
• Social Science Researcher

Sociology and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Sociology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Sociology Graduates

Sociology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of sociology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Government
• Individual and Family Services
• General Hospitals
• Higher Education
• Justice and Public Order Activities
• Insurance Carriers
• Health Offices

Salaries for Sociology Graduates

The salary range for open sociology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $31,080
median $42,841
top 10% $72,303

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Sociology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Sociology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Sociology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy communicating ideas
• You are a good planner
• You enjoy learning
• You work well with others
• You like solving problems and puzzles

Scholarships Offered:

  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Sciences
    • This scholarship is intended to assist outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have declared a major in one of the following majors.
    • Anthropology
    • Communication
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Other social and behavioral science disciplines

Student Life

UTSA’s Sociology degree offers a rigorous program of study that will have you exploring social institutions, cultural dynamics and the processes of social interaction. The program offers a diverse set of electives that cover topics and interests that will introduce students to the dynamics of social life. These electives include studies on social inequality, the Latino/a experience, healthcare inequalities, and the role of religion and culture in shaping human societies. Upon graduation, students will be able to seek employment in a diverse private sector, nonprofit and government settings or pursue a graduate education. Students studying Sociology may consider becoming involved in:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society)