Vermont State University’s Sociology program provides you with hands-on learning about culture and society through community service, civic engagement, study abroad opportunities, and diversity, equity, and inclusiveness training. You’ll gain the tools to become an active global citizen and advance social justice. You will get to engage in the study of society and culture to understand how to make a change. Graduates of this program are prepared to continue their education or immediately enter meaningful careers in human services, education, law, diversity management, governmental and international careers, research analysis, criminal justice, and much more.
Why Study Sociology at Vermont State?
- Strong job placement: With a 91% job placement rate, our graduates say they actively use the knowledge and skills they learned in their sociology degree at their jobs.
- Meaningful careers: 81% of Vermont State sociology graduates surveyed said that their sociology degree contributes to their lives in positive ways.
- A variety of career choices: You’ll gain a skill set that is highly valued in our globalized world and adaptable to many kinds of work. Sociology graduates enter careers in social work, law and criminal justice, human resources, school counseling, politics, policy analysis, and public administration.
- A focus on your interests: Each semester, students engage in research focused on subjects that are of interest to the community. Recent topics include student debt, reading habits and library needs, and themed housing.
- Unparalleled opportunities: Dive deep into diversity, equity, and inclusion with the Center for Social Justice and Trauma-Informed Care, which hosts workshops and conferences on our campuses.
Concentrations in Sociology
Students in this program choose a concentration to combine with their foundational classes.
- Cultural Anthropology
To apply, please select Sociology from the list on the application. You will have opportunity to identify your concentration interest after you apply.
Financial Aid for Sociology Students
Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in sociology to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80% of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.
Internships & Jobs in Sociology
We offer opportunities for you to gain practical skills in sociology through high-impact internships and fieldwork. Recent graduates have interned at nonprofits, schools, wellness centers, research centers, farms, animal shelters, and mental health clinics.
- Past students have testified before the Vermont Senate Education committee asking them to support a bill that would provide free tuition for all Vermont students attending public colleges.
- Students have held internships at such places as Johnson Campus Wilderness Therapy, Jade Mountain Wellness, Copley Hospital Wellness Center, North Country Animal League, and Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center.
- Fadhili Achinda ’20 focused some of her research on mass media and the effect of the beauty industry on society, producing a high-impact video project entitled “BODY IMAGE.”
- Sociology major Benjamin Carstens and Professor Paul Derby presented a paper at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, in Split, Croatia.
Minors Available in the Sociology Program
Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? See minors available in the Sociology program below.
- Social Change