Life as a Sociology Major and Beyond


Develop Your Curiosity 

Sociology is a flexible major where you can follow your own interests and discover a path where you can thrive and grow. We welcome students curious about many different aspects of the social world, including:

  • Why do people commit crimes?
  • Why are some schools better than others?
  • Why does racism persist?
  • How do we overcome inequality?
  • Why do people migrate?
  • How does gender matter?
  • How can I help make a difference on climate change?



Get the Skills

At the UW, Sociology majors deepen their understanding of the social world while acquiring skills in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Software & Computing
  • Communication
  • Leadership



Apply Your Knowledge

Understanding the social world helps improve society. During your time in the Sociology Department, you can make a direct impact on the community through our internships and practicum courses.

Education Practicum

Work with teachers, counselors, and school administrators to serve a diverse student population in the Seattle area and get a foundation in a career in education.

Applied Research Practicum

Immerse yourself in real-world research projects on issues in partnership with community organizations, schools, federal agencies, and businesses.

Internship Practicum

Intern with a government agency or community organization and combine experiential learning in the workplace with critical reflection in the classroom.



Take on the World 

Studying sociology at the UW develops skills that allow graduates to effectively analyze data, communicate, problem solve and build collaborative relationships. Our alumni pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Government & Public Policy
  • Data Sciences
  • Criminal Justice and the Law
  • Advertising, Marketing & PR
  • Technology
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Advocacy

Sociology majors at UW can find more career resources, including career workshops and internship information, on the Career Planning page.