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What are some other careers I could get by receiving my Sociology degree in Women's studies?

I've always been interested in Sociology and when I took my 101 class there was a brief discussion of gender and feminism and ever since then I have wanted to take the class specific to Gender and Women's studies. I find it interesting because of how different views can be. If I pursue a degree in this, what jobs will I be able to get? #sociology #gender-studies #gender #gender-discrimination #gender-equality

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Vania’s Answer

I wanted to switch my major to women's studies when I was in college, but decided to stay with biology. I also loved my sociology class and I remember my teacher appreciating how curious and attentive I was to the subject and his lectures. I worked in biotech after I got out of college but then switched my career and now I am a business owner in the digital advertising & marketing space.


I think that it matters what you do in college in terms of internships that will shape what you will do when you graduate. I did about two different internships when I was in college. I did one that lasted for about two years, and I did one that was only for a summer.
Nowadays, with our political climate, it's more important than ever to be able to have people that will vouch for gender disparities and inequalities. People that will write about issues. People that will defend others that need a voice. People that will be able to compile data needed to produce research documents that shape public health, specifically women's health. So, to, put it more plainly, you can work in politics, as a lawyer, as a researcher, as a teacher, as a journalist, or in public health.
I have a friend that has a PhD in sociology specializing in Latin American studies. She works at a university as a researcher.
I would advise that to make you appear stronger with regards to building your resume and getting work, I would go for a more advanced degree. I know this seems overwhelming while being in college, because you can't wait to be over with it, but it's perfectly fine if you take a break then get back into it. The advanced degree will open you up for more opportunities, higher paid ones hopefully also.
Good luck! Make your time in college worth every penny. It's up to you to seek opportunities, make connections, stay focused on your goal and stay on track of your studies.

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Sarah M.’s Answer

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) with a sociology major, and an abundance of other courses in related topics like gender studies, anthropology and religious studies. With a sociology major, you'll learn about human behaviour and society. This can be differing theories about how people interact, organise, societal norms, theories about deviance. As with many social sciences, there is a wide variety of thought and academic research and theories, and this has changed a lot over time. I covered classical theories, through to post-modernism, and I'm sure many more have been added in the years since I graduated. Additional courses around gender and other social characteristics build upon these, and often can give you a more real-life twist on some pretty abstract theory.

As a teenager starting university, I hadn't really thought much about the way people interact with their communities, economies, and the world - the place we have, the power we can have, and what might shape that. Sociology opened my eyes to that, and taught me critical research and thinking skills that have served me well, both during my legal studies, and now as a business analyst. Observing and questioning things is really important in modern life, as ever.

Honestly, I think learning like this can be beneficial in any career! It may not be a specific role, but it will help you communicate, understand and interact with the world. For example, while I later qualified as a lawyer (where an understanding of society is also very important), I'm currently a business analyst, where understanding customer behaviour is key.

I'm also involved in community & volunteering, social impact and inclusion and diversity initiatives with my company, and I think if I'd known that this was a real career path, I may have pursued it earlier. Women's studies and an appreciation of other societal barriers, discriminations, can help you there, as well.

Also reflect that your learning doesn't need to be for your career - education is life long, and even if something won't fit directly into a job description, that doesn't mean it isn't valuable.
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Jen’s Answer

I graduated with a BA in Sociology with the intent on going to law school. My plans changed and left me not knowing what to do with my career. My first professional job, which related to Sociology, was as a Market Researcher. There are many Market Research companies which will conduct research on under-represented groups, including women.

Another option is to continue education (Doctorate) and become a Researcher (what professors from research universities are called) or a professor at a college/university.

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