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Department ofSociology

Life After SCU

Careers After Graduation

Sociology is not just limited to work in social services. SCU's Sociology program prepares its students for a wide range of career choices.


Sociology majors possess skills that many employers require:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytic problem-solving, including strong use of math and science skills
  • Skillful communication and excellent written expression
  • Collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Cultural Competency; multicultural and global understandings
  • Researching and analyzing data

Executives in Large Corporations 

  • General Motors
  • Toyota
  • Keystone Resorts
  • Stanford Medical Center 

Government Agencies 

  • Mayor (San Luis Obispo)
  • County Supervisors
  • Demographer (City of Los Angeles)
  • Deputy Probations Officer (City of Los Angeles)
  • Chief Investigator (SFPD)
  • Chief Of Police (City of Santa Clara)
  • Police Officers 
  • Ameri-corp
  • Peace Corp

Business and Non-profit Organizations 

  • Aris
  • Second Harvest Food Bank 
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett/Packard
  • National Semiconductor
  • US Stock Exchange 
  • CFO (Telecom Company)
  • Assistant Online Marketing Manager (
  • Director of Organizational Development (Abgeniz) 
  • Family Service Mid-Peninsula


  • General Advocate Corp 
  • Large Legal Firms
  • Brown Decision Quest

College and University Professors 

  • SCU
  • UCLA
  • University of Alberta-Canada
  • Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
  • UC-San Diego
  • Sonoma State 
  • Stanford University
  • Cornell University
  • Brown University

Ph.D. Programs

  • Harvard
  • Santa Barbara
  • University of Arizona
  • UC Davis
  • UC Berkeley


  • Teacher-all Levels of Education 
  • Directors/Teachers of Preschool
  • Teacher/Counseling

Health Fields

  • Physicians
  • Psychotherapist 
  • Social Workers
  • Family and Marriage Counseling 


Self Employed

And The List Just Keeps On Going…..


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Throughout my career in hospitality management, I have been able to relate to my Sociology Degree by developing my own theories and understandings of what it takes to guarantee a successful event for any group. Whether that is listening to those involved with the planning process to fully understand their vision of the event to providing special attention to the individual guests that might need it to even ensuring that my own team is operating cohesively. These components leave guests happy and wanting to return, which is crucial to the reputation and success of any venue.

Jessica Tramp ‘16 (Director of Catering, Bon Appetit Management Co. at Santa Clara University)