Undergraduate FAQ

What can I do with a sociology degree?

There are many reasons, both practical and idealistic, to study sociology, but the practical reasons may seem less obvious. Sociological skills are useful in an assortment of occupations and professions, and the range of uses is broad enough to help students with widely divergent interests. Those planning professional careers, as well as those planning graduate study in a social science discipline, will find value in many of the department's courses. Courses that teach practical skills of research and analysis are helpful for those interested in social research and policy-making. Substantive courses in a wide variety of fields are useful to students preparing for careers in social service, law, health, public administration, and many other professional areas.

Beyond these practical applications, the theories, methods, and subject matter of sociology provide an excellent context in which to learn the most important skills for thriving in complex, modern societies--the ability to read critically, think logically, and write clearly. Except for a very few specialized professions, a well-rounded liberal arts education that teaches these intellectual skills is generally the best preparation for life after college. Whatever the career choice, the study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of social life and offers a way to analyze problems and act effectively.

Are there part-time and research jobs available to undergraduates?

Professors are often looking for research assistants and part-time help. Students are encouraged to seek out professors specializing in their specific area of interest (race and ethnicity, criminology, sex and gender, etc.) and inquire about offering their services. The Department maintains a postings board for undergraduates that contains a wealth of internships and job opportunities. In addition, students may apply for up to $500 of funding for an independent research project through the Dean’s Office.

Should I consider the sociology honors program?

The honors program gives students a chance to explore and research a specific area of interest. Students often have the opportunity to present their research projects at the yearly NYU research conference or at a regional sociology gathering. In addition, all students who think they may pursue an advanced degree should seriously consider the honors option. 

Previous thesis topics have included:

Girls in Need of Supervision: The Unique Experience of Females in Family Court
Manipulation: The Key to Success as a Pharmaceutical Representative
Rising Up: African Women and Social Change in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Please see the section "Program of Study" for a complete description of the criteria for an honors degree. Click here to download the honors program application.