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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

At UD, most students come to sociology because (1) they want to help make the world a better place, and/or (2) they want to better understand people. With the support of our award-winning faculty, we help our students do both. 

A 21st Century Major

The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. The jobs that you will app!y for as a graduate may not even exist yet. Sociology can help you prepare for those new opportunities. The concepts and skills you will learn as a sociology major will equip you to critically analyze the evolving world and your place within It and help you compete effectively in today and tomorrow's job market.

Conduct Research and Analyze Data. In sociology you use both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Learn to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, program evaluation, sales and many other applications.

Communicate Skillfully. Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and in presentations. Strong communications skills are essential for success in the 21st century.

Practice Critical Thinking. Learn to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why." Build your analytical skills. Solve problems and identify opportunities.

Gain a Global Perspective. Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interaction of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.

Prepare for Graduate School. An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration and, of course, sociology.


The American Sociological Association notes, "Sociologists study social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communication skills. Sociology challenges you to see the world through the lens of different cultures and communities." Visit the ASA to learn more > 

University of Dayton Sociology graduates enjoy a broad variety of careers. We take pride in the fact that former students have been accepted at the very best graduate and law programs in the country. Although graduate training is required to be a professional sociologist, anthropologist, or social worker, most of our graduates find fulfilling employment with a BA in Sociology. The career pathways are endless in sociology; the largest share of our graduates work in one of these four areas:

  • Business (especially sales, marketing, and human resources)
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Social Services, Health Care, and Government



Department of Sociology

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1442