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After Dominican

“At Dominican, we give a solid foundation in skills sociology majors might not even realize are critical to their careers, including careful reading, strong writing and the ability to analyze complicated documents.” - Janice Monti, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

Sociology and criminology graduates are often employed in the helping professions. The recent trend is for many sociology-related occupations to require a graduate degree, including social work, therapy, counseling and case management.

Students who want to work in the social services field without a graduate degree often land in support positions or quasi-professional roles. One example would be a role like domestic violence counselor, which may require an undergraduate sociology or criminology degree plus completion of an in-house training course.

A sociology degree also serves as excellent preparation for students who want to pursue an advanced degree in business, law, public administration or urban planning.

Criminology’s focus on deviance, law and criminal behavior makes it an excellent preparation for jobs in law enforcement, troubled youth support agencies, probation departments, security operations and correctional institutions. The criminology major also prepares students for graduate work in criminology, social justice studies or law school.

Dominican sociology and criminology majors have gone on to attend graduate school at leading institutions, including:

  • Boston College
  • George Washington University
  • Jane Addams School of Social Work
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • New School for Social Research
  • Roosevelt University
  • University of Chicago

Additionally, Dominican graduates may also want to consider applying to the University’s Graduate School of Social Work.