A Degree in Sociology for Military and Veterans
A Degree in Sociology focuses on understanding concepts of society. Students will learn to look critically through the lens of others and begin to make sense of societies’ make-up including: family, gender, race, marriage, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, religion, popular culture, and other socially constructed identities.
What can you do with a Sociology Degree?
A Degree in Sociology offers an abundance of interesting and profitable career opportunities! Options include:
- Behavioral Sciences
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Child Welfare
- Police Officer
- Social Worker
Is a Sociology Degree hard?
A Degree in Sociology is not hard! This degree is interesting and relevant as students explore the world around them to understand contemporary social issues and problems.
A Degree in Sociology can be found as a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs.
Associate Degree in Sociology
With an Associate Degree in Sociology students are encouraged to think critically as they examine issues ranging from small group behavior to global social movements. Students explore topics such as:
- social inequalities
- social psychology
- urban living
- deviant behavior
An Associate Degree in Sociology will also provide students with a strong academic foundation in core courses including the Arts and Sciences. Students will be well-prepared for entry level careers and/or to continue their college career to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
Jobs with an Associate Degree in Sociology
- Conservation Worker – Typically works for state and local governments or on privately owned lands. Conservation Workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Median Annual Salary: $31,000.
- Social Worker – Help people prevent and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Median Annual Salary: $50,000.
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology
A Bachelor’s in Sociology continues to probe deeper into the fabric of societies. Students are encouraged to pursue specialty studies as their minor. Popular Sociology minors include:
- Africana Studies
- American Indian Studies
- Social Inequality
- Women’s and Gender Studies
Jobs with a Bachelor’s in Sociology
- Legislator – An elected position responsible for development, introduction, and/or enactment of laws and statutes at the local, state, tribal, or federal level. Median Annual Salary: $30,000.
- Urban Planner – Develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities. Median Annual Salary: $79,000.
- Sociologist – Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form including social, religious, political, and business organizations. Median Annual Salary: $96,000.
Master’s Degree in Sociology
Graduate students are guided to customize their studies to fit their desired career focus. Great graduate degree programs in Sociology encourage students to participate in meaningful, hands-on opportunities such as internships and research. Experience gained through these opportunities include:
- human services
- criminal justice
- public policy
A Master’s is also a popular choice for those choosing career paths such as research, writing, or teaching. Accelerated and Dual-Degree programs are popular at the graduate level allowing students to earn their degree(s) in an abbreviated amount of time.
Jobs with a Master’s in Sociology
- Policy Analyst (Federal) – Analyze policy at the federal level, requiring significant expertise and experience. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.
- Postsecondary Teacher – Instruct students in Unmanned Systems courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.
- Training and Development Manager – Plan, coordinate, and direct skills and knowledge programs for an organization’s staff. Median Annual Salary: $120,000.
Is a Sociology Degree worth it?
Yes, a Sociology Degree is definitely worth it! If you are looking for a great paying career with a variety of job opportunities, then this degree is an excellent choice. Students that use their educational entitlements (such as the GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon program, etc.) may be able to earn their degree without spending a dime out of pocket!
GI Bill®-approved Schools with a Degree in Sociology
Ready to start your Certificate or Degree in Sociology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:
Le Moyne College – Offers Sociology as a major for its undergraduate degrees. Le Moyne is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Gardner-Webb University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Loyola University Chicago – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts in Sociology, and an accelerated 5 year BA/MA option. Loyola Chicago also offers PhD in Sociology. Loyola University Chicago is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Kent State University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts in Sociology, and a combined BA/MA option. Kent State also offers a PhD in Sociology.
Lasell University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Lasell is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Moorpark College – Offers an Associate of Arts in Sociology.
Dyersburg State Community College – Offers an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science in Sociology.
Upper Iowa University – Offers a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Upper Iowa University is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Offers a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and a PhD in Sociology. Virginia Tech is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Oklahoma State University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
Biola University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Biola University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Quinnipiac University – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Quinnipiac is a Yellow Ribbon school.
University of Nevada Las Vegas – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology. UNLV has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UNLV is a MyCAA approved school and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. UNLV is a Yellow Ribbon school.
University of Arizona – Offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and a PhD in Sociology. University of Arizona is a GI Bill® approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. University of Arizona is a Yellow Ribbon school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.
University of Colorado Boulder – Offers a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology. University of Colorado Boulder offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. University of Colorado Boulder is a MyCAA approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.
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About the author
Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.