Career and Leadership Development


Sociologists study human society and social behavior by examining the groups that people form. These groups include families, racial or ethnic groups, communities, and governments, as well as a variety of social, religious, political, business, and other organizations. Sociologists study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, theorize the causes and impacts of social inequality, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members. Some sociologists are concerned primarily with the characteristics of social groups and institutions. Others are more interested in the way individuals are affected by the groups to which they belong.

Emphases within the major:

Criminal Justice Emphasis (BA/BS)
Global Comparative Emphasis (BA/BS)
Sociology (BA/BS)
Sociology Education (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Conduct observations, collect data, and gather information
Interpret data, analyze information, and make comparisons
Make decisions based on research and complex information
Interpersonal and cooperative team skills
Oral communication and report writing skills
Identify social problems and solutions
Identify multiple types of diversity
Identify organizational structures and processes
Understand the world from a global perspective

Related Occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Administration (195.117-010)
Advertising (254.357-014)
Business / Personnel, Customer Relations
Census Work
Civil Service Careers
Community Action
Corporate Executive Training
Evaluation Research
Family Relations Counseling
Health Services
Human Resource Management
Human Services
Insurance Planning and Sales
International NGO
Newspaper Reporting
Paramedical Services
Personnel Management (166.167-018)
Personnel Recruiter (166.267-010)
Police and Correctional Work
Professional Writing
Public Relations
Social Worker (195.107-010)
Sociologist (054.067-014)
Urban Planning Projects (199.167-014)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Alliance Pharmacy - Waukesha, WI
Alterra - Brookfield, WI
Associated Bank - Madison, WI
Assurant Health - Milwaukee, WI
Atec Associates - Indianapolis, IN
AT&T Mobility - Janesville, WI
Best Buy - Maple Grove, MN
Bridgeway Counseling Services - St. Louis, MO
Brotoloc Health Care Systems - Whitewater, WI
Capital City Distribution - Madison, WI
Care WI - Madison, WI
Chartwells - Whitewater, WI
Comp USA - Brookfield, WI
Counseling and Development Center - Sheboygan, WI
Dane County Sheriff's Dept. - Madison, WI
Ethan Allen School for Boys - Wales, WI
First Banking Center - Lake Geneva, WI
Garrett Evang. Theological Seminary - Evanston, IL
Generac - Whitewater, WI
General Automotive - Oak Creek, WI
Good Samaritan Hospital - Downer?s Grove, IL
Harley-Davidson, Inc. - Wauwatosa , WI
Homes for Independent Living - Fort Atkinson, WI
Jefferson County Human Services - Jefferson, WI
Katin, Inc. - Brookfield, WI
Kenosha School District - Kenosha, WI
La Causa - Milwaukee, WI
Lad Lake - Milwaukee, WI
Lake Mills Police Department - Lake Mills, WI
Logistics Health - La Crosse, WI
Madison Metropolitan School District - Madison, WI
Maryville Academy - Farm Campus - Des Plaines, IL
Middleton Village - Middleton, WI
Mukwonago School District - Mukwonago, WI
Muskego Police Department - Muskego, WI
New Beginnings - Manitowoc, WI
New Concepts Development Center - Milwaukee, WI
ODTC - Oconomowoc, WI
Opportunities, Inc. - Fort Atkinson, WI
Park Ridge Youth Campus - Park Ridge, IL
Productive Living Systems - Whitewater, WI
Professional Services Group - Racine, WI
Ritehite Corporation - Brown Deer, WI
Rock County Sheriff's Office - Janesville, WI
Rock County Telecommunications - Janesville, WI
Rock Valley Correctional Program - Beloit, WI
Roughing It in Style - Harshaw, WI
Salvation Army - Daytona Beach, FL Drake & Company - Madison, WI
Signator - Brookfield, WI
St. Coletta School - Jefferson, WI
State of WI Probation and Parole - Milwaukee, WI
Stein Rowe Mutual Funds - Denver, CO
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Army - Fort Stewart, GA
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs - Milwaukee, WI
UW Hospital - Madison, WI
VE Carter Development Group - Milwaukee, WI
Wackenhut Corp. - Milwaukee, WI
Waukesha County - Waukesha, WI
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Wisconsin Early Autism Project - Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin State Patrol
Youth Volunteers Corps - Milwaukee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ
Marquette University Law School - Milwaukee, WI
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Mitchell College of Law
Northern Illinois University - De Kalb, IL
Notre Dame University - South Bend, IN
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana, IL
University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay - Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
Washington State University - Pullman, WA

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Departmental Office, White Hall, Room 428
Phone: 262-472-1133

The American Sociological Association
1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DV 20005-4701