At UVM, sociology is similar to other liberal arts degrees: the skills you acquire are transferrable to many fields. A liberal arts degree equips you to do research, write and read critically and analytically so they can be trained for any kind of work. That said, many public or nonprofit agencies, governmental bureaus, and community programs hire students with specifically sociological training, as do organizations that need people with skills in sociological methodology and social statistics.

Graduates of UVM’s sociology department mostly work in human service agencies, but also go on to masters in social work programs, law school or other graduate level education. One former student drew on her sociology training in gerontology to start her own business.  Another became an investment advisor. Sociology majors generally leave with excellent people skills and presentation skills, which prepares them for any field of work.

  • Stephanie Hainley

    Stephanie Hainley ‘11

    Hainley is COO and a member of the senior project management staff at White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc., a commercial brokerage, asset management, and development services firm. She manages the company’s day-to-day operations and provides strategic direction to clients. “I'm able to get an inside perspective on Vermont's infrastructure and understand the landscape in a unique way. With the endless challenges and opportunities, no two days are alike in my job.” Her honors include Businessperson of the Year 2016 (Main Street Alliance of Vermont), Class of 2014 Rising Star (Vermont Business Magazine), and Woman of the Year 2013 (Burlington Business and Professional Women).

Graduate Education

Many UVM sociology students go on to graduate education, including law school, medical school, social work, and more. For those interested in medical school or related careers, starting in 2015, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will have questions about the field of sociology; UVM recommends Soc. 001 to all pre-meds, and there are many other courses in the department relevant to a career in medicine. The department also offers a minor in gerontology, the study of aging.