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Sociology is the study of how society shapes people and how people shape society. From the development of the self to the functioning of large institutions like religion and higher education, from experiences of immigrants in a new country to development and dissemination of movies and music, sociologists seek ways to explain complex and fascinating links between individuals and groups, organizations, communities and societies.


Graduates with a sociology major pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of research, community relations and intercultural communication.

Alumni work at: 

  • Amazon
  • American Red Cross
  • MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research
  • U.S. AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Turning Point Youth Center
  • Sony

Alumni work as: 

  • Mortgage bankers
  • Residential relief technicians
  • Technical recruiters
  • Youth service workers

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