Sociology is the scientific study of society; it begins with the premise that individuals are affected by the social structures, institutions, and cultural milieus surrounding them. Sociology provides students with the conceptual tools to understand how various features of society affect its members as well as how people create and maintain those same features.
The undergraduate sociology program at Northeastern University prepares students to rigorously analyze the social, political, and economic spheres of society at the local and global levels. Given the varied interests and areas of specialization among Northeastern’s sociology faculty, our program affords students the opportunity to acquire a multicultural and comparative perspective on social life. Our undergraduate offerings cover everything from gender and family violence, to law and criminality, human services, race and ethnicity, social movements, and urban social problems.
Although many of our majors go on to law or professional school, sociology also prepares students for occupations in human services and related health careers; business (sales, marketing, management); criminal justice; the non-profit and government sectors; lobbying, consulting, and citizen advocacy; and education.
Anthropology is the holistic, cross-cultural study of humanity that explores the multiple ways that humans create meaning in the world. Studying anthropology provides students with an understanding of the varied nature of past and present cultures, as well as a deeper awareness and appreciation of the world in which they live.
Anthropology at Northeastern University specializes in cultural anthropology and social anthropology—the relationship of culture to the institutions, interpersonal relations, and practices that make up their social structure. Our program specifically focuses on how culture interacts with structures of inequality such as race, class, gender and ethnicity, as well as with contemporary global issues such as poverty, illness, environmental degradation, and economic development. Our courses complement a wide range of interdisciplinary programs at Northeastern including, Environmental Studies, International Affairs, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
A major in anthropology prepares students for occupations in government, business, and community organizations, in fields as wide ranging as international affairs, medicine, environmental protection, social services, education, historic preservation, law, and business. In addition, the major serves as excellent preparation for advanced academic and professional study in the social sciences.
|Academic Advisor*||Internal Revenue Officer|
|Affirmative Action Officer||Management Analyst|
|Anthropologist*||Market Research Analyst|
|Civil Rights Analyst||Mental Health Worker|
|Communications Strategist||Museum Curator*|
|Community Outreach Coordinator||Paralegal|
|Conference Producer||Performance Operations Manager|
|Crime Analyst*||Policy Analyst*|
|Education Coordinator||Public Health Analyst*|
|Event Planner||Real Estate Agent*|
|Foreign Service Officer||Research Assistant|
|Grant Writer||Sexual Assault Response Counselor|
|Grassroots Organizer||Social Worker*|
|Guidance Counselor*||Study Abroad Advisor*|
|Human Resources Administrator||Teacher*|
|Instructional Designer*||Volunteer Programs Coordinator|
Positions that require additional education, training, or licensing are indicated by an (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including co-op and internships.
This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUcareers; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.
|APS Healthcare||Makro Technologies, Inc.|
|DMA Strategies||One Planet Education Network (OPEN)|
|The Gallup Organization||Reso Interactive, LLC|
This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major.
|Event Planning||Social Work/Services|
|Healthcare – Mental Health|
These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities.
Human Resources Intern
Mental Health Worker
Public Affairs Intern
Websites for Career Exploration
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MassCIS – Massachusetts Information System
- O*NET OnLine
- Vocational Biographies (username: NE Univ; password: RAZDE)
- American Sociological Association
- Federal Jobs by College Major
Career Development Videos
- Building An International Career
- Careers in Fundraising & Development
- Careers in Non-Profit, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
- Careers in Public Administration
- Careers in Public Policy, Part 1, Part 2
- Careers in Think Tanks and Other Research Organizations
- Corporate Communications
Websites for Job Search
Campus Organizations & Activities
Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professional networking opportunities.
- American Anthropological Association
- American Society of Criminology
- Marketing Research Association
- Society for Applied Sociology
Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media and LinkedIn pages for more information on how to leverage your social media network.