Careers and Alumni

Where have our recent graduates gone?

Thousands of Emory Sociology majors & minors have gone on to careers after graduation. 

While we highlight a few of our undergraduate alums elsewhere, we can summarize general trends here.

(A) Employment Following Graduation

Many of our majors & minors secure jobs immediately after graduation.

They were able to secure that employment for at least two important reasons:

  1. The benefit of Emory: Research shows that a liberal arts education provides students with important knowledge that employers in many fields and industries now seek: analytical skills, critical thinking, and writing ability. 
  2. The benefit of Sociology: Our major does well in providing that valued type of knowledge by emphasizing research (analytical skills), theory (critical thinking) and the completion of multiple studies for classes (writing ability).

Thus, they found employment in a wide range of fields and industries, including

  • Marketing / Public Relations
  • Computer Technology
  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Government 
  • investment Banking
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Health and Healthcare
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Education 
  • Courts and Law


(B) Pursuit of Advanced Degrees in a Broad Array of Areas

The skills that serve our majors well in the contemporary labor market also serve them well as they apply to various programs for advanced degrees. Indeed, we frequently here how the "well-roundedness" they acquired as Emory Sociology majors / minors gave them advantages in getting accepted to a program.

Here is a sampling of the schools recent sociology graduates have attended:

  • Business Schools: Emory University; University of California at Los Angeles; University of Pennsylvania
  • Environmental Policy Programs: University of Michigan
  • Journalism Schools: University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University
  • Law Schools: American University; Columbia University; Emory University; Georgetown University; Harvard University; Loyola New York University; State University of New York, Buffalo; University of Florida; University of Georgia; University of Michigan; University of Miami; University of Pennsylvania; University of Virginia
  • Medical Schools: Georgetown; Medical College of Virginia; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Rochester; Tulane University; University of Illinois; University of Pennsylvania
  • Physical Therapy: Emory University
  • Political Management Program: George Washington University
  • Public Policy / Social Policy Schools: Boston University; Duke University; Oxford University; University of Chicago
  • School of Education: Stanford University
  • Schools of Public Health: Emory University; Harvard University, Johns Hopkins;  University of Alabama Birmingham; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of South Carolina at Columbia
  • Schools of Social Work: Columbia University; George Warren Brown (for social work and law); University of Pennsylvania


(C) Pursuit of Advanced Degrees in Sociology

Other of our majors have gone to graduate school, believe it or not, in Sociology. They have attended schools such as

  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Francisco
  • Vanderbilt University.

For those interested in pursuing a PhD in Sociology, please see A Guide for Sociology Majors for Graduate Study. 


Interested in knowing what some of our current seniors have planned? Contact our Peer Mentors to find out more!