Using Your SOCI Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Sociology degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Sociology, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Sociology majors know...

  • how to use the “sociological imagination” to understand the world and their place in it
  • About contemporary, critical Social Problems confronting society, including but not limited to crime, substance abuse, violence, poverty, homelessness, inequality, and globalization
  • how to ask questions, develop explanations, and analyze data using classical and contemporary sociological theories

Sociology majors can...

  • conduct and share research (orally and in writing)
  • define problems and research questions
  • understand and operate within the context of cultural and other diversities
  • conduct effective interviews and craft accurate and relevant descriptive narratives.
  • review and critique narratives, policies, and group behaviors.
  • design studies and appropriate instruments to find answers; Make recommendations based on findings
  • prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.