Quantitative and qualitative research methods are used for analysis and provide foundations for graduate and professional training in sociology, social work, organizational management, and allied fields. Opportunities are given to practice critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and applied experience. Internships in the metropolitan Chicago area are strongly encouraged. An additional focus of the department is the development of biblical advocacy in the promotion of social justice and equity.
A B.A. in sociology can take a graduate into a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and government. Sociology majors who enter the business world may work in sales, marketing, customer relations, or human resources. Those who enter human services may work with youths at risk, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system.
Because sociology teaches students to analyze patterns of behavior around them, it offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration—fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Many students choose sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. A BA in sociology is also excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied sociologist (ASA, 1995 'Careers in Sociology').
Employment sectors include:
- Social Services—in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration
- Community Work—in fund-raising for social service organizations, nonprofits, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups
- Corrections—in probation, parole, or other criminal justice work
- Business—in advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training, or sales
- College Settings—in admissions, alumni relations, or placement offices
- Health Services—in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, and insurance companies
- Publishing, Journalism, and Public Relations—in writing, research, and editing
- Government Services—in federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture, and labor
- Teaching—in elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification. (ASA, 1995 'Careers in Sociology')