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  1. After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

    This data brief documents trends in sociology bachelor's degrees granted from 1980-1995, comparing them to a limited number of other disciplines.

  2. After the Fall: Growth Trends Continue

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology continued to rebound from years past, increasing by 5 percent between 1995 and 1996.

  3. BA Growth Trend: Sociology Overtakes Economics

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology exceeded those in economics between 1994 and 1997.

  4. Sociology, Criminology Concentrations, and Criminal Justice: Differences in Reasons for Majoring, Skills, Activities, and Early Outcomes?

    Sociology departments have been concerned about losing potential majors for more vocationally-oriented programs, especially as the number of criminology and criminal justice majors has been increasing.  This research brief compares the ways in which students’ perceptions and experiences differ among three types of majors and examines the potential benefits and challenges that various departmental arrangements pose.

  5. Recent Sociology Alumni: Would They Major Again?

    Choosing a college major usually comes down to the future careers options that are available in that field. Sociology is not typically associated with a direct career path, however, this research brief demonstrates that many sociology graduates are satisfied with what the major provides them post-graduation.

  6. Social Capital for Sociology Majors: Applied Activities and Peer Networks

    Building social capital through activities outside the classroom can help students find jobs after graduation. This research brief examines how sociology departments create opportunities for their majors to build social capital through activities such as internships and career fairs, and the level of participation amongst students. 

  7. Sociology Majors: Before Graduation in 2012

    Due in part to the recent recession, the 2012 cohort of senior sociology majors faced a tighter job market and increasing levels of debt. The findings presented in this brief compare the backgrounds, experiences, concepts and skills mastered, levels of satisfaction, and future plans and sources of job information of students at three types of institutions.

  8. IDEALISTS VS. CAREERISTS: Graduate School Choices of Sociology Majors

    The focus of this research brief is on those 2005 sociology gradates who continued on to graduate school directly after graduation. This brief explores how the sociology major is useful for graduate study in both applied programs as well as the liberal arts and sciences.

  9. Sections Collaborate to Explore Disability as an Overlooked Axis of Intersectionality and Inequality

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States lives with disability. As baby boomers age and live longer, the percentage continues to increase and is already larger than that of many of the racial and ethnic groups that we as sociologists intensively study. Yet, disability has often been overlooked in scholarship on inequality and intersectionality.

  10. On the Value of Diversity in Higher Education

    On April 22, 2016, the Tennessee legislature voted to cut all state appropriations for the Office of Equity and Diversity at the state’s flagship university. This move came as a blow to a university struggling to create a more welcoming gender, religious, and racial environment for students, faculty, and staff in Central Appalachia—a region with a long history of intolerance. Since the April decision, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee have repeatedly rallied in protest.