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A Look at the Major

Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior. The field ranges from the study of social influences on individuals and personal relationships to complex societies. Our concerns range from understanding human behavior to policy and evaluation. In our courses, you learn how to study and explain social behavior. You also learn how to evaluate social information. We offer a major and a minor for our students, as well as a full array of courses that may interest you and also serve to meet General Education requirements.


Career Titles

In planning her/his career, each person should assess particular skills, interests and abilities, and recognize that a sociology major can be applied to a variety of careers. The staff of the Office of Career Services can help you with your career plans. Employment handbooks list the following job titles as suggestions for career areas for sociology majors. Further education, certification or training may be required.

  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Legislative Aide
  • City Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Community Service Educator
  • Office Manager
  • Criminologist
  • Operations Researcher
  • Demographer
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer
  • Family Counselor
  • Personnel Counselor/Manager
  • Gerontologist
  • Police Officer
  • Health and Human Services Administrator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Hospital Administration Assistant
  • Public Administrator


  • Intake Supervisor of Juvenile Court
  • Public Health Officer
  • Juvenile Delinquency Caseworker
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Research Consultant/Assistant
  • Labor Relations Trainee/Specialist
  • Security Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Social Service Caseworker
  • Legal Aide
  • Sociotherapist
  • Student Affairs Officer
  • Urban Planner
  • Survey Researcher
  • Writer
  • Teacher



Alumni Information The following are examples of positions and graduate programs pursued by SUNY Brockport graduates.

Career Fields

  • Activity Director
  • Police Officer
  • Behavior Technician
  • Secret Service Special Agent
  • Case/Aide Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Child Care Director
  • Sociotherapist
  • Consultant
  • Supported Work Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Tariff Analyst
  • Day Care Director
  • Teacher
  • Insurance Agent

Graduate School Programs

  • MA Liberal Studies
  • MPA Public Administration
  • MA Reading Education
  • MS Education
  • MDIV Ministry
  • MS Elementary Education
  • MS Counseling
  • MSE Special Education
  • MSEd Computer Science
  • MSW Social Work
  • MSE Elementary Education
  • PhD School Psychology
  • JD Law


Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers a comprehensive program for SUNY Brockport students. Services include workshops on career-related topics, drop-in hours for career advisement, career fairs and an extensive collection of career and job information including computers linked to the World Wide Web. Career interests can be further investigated through the Brockport Career Exploration Course (BCEC), Albany Internship Programs, academic internships and networking with alumni in the field.

Last Updated 12/4/13