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A degree in sociology or criminology often leads to careers in the helping professions. Many of these fields, including social work, therapy, counseling and case management, require a graduate degree.

Students who want to work in social services without graduate degrees often land in support positions or quasi-professional roles. For example, a role as a domestic violence counselor 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 an advanced degree in business, law, public administration or urban planning.

With its focus on deviance, law and criminal behavior, criminology provides 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
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

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