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Undergraduate Alumni

Why Sociology?

Sociology provides an intellectual background for students considering careers in business, social services, public policy, government service, international nongovernmental organizations, foundations or academia.

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"I loved studying sociology at Stanford because the concepts were applicable to anything I was interested in."

-Michelle Goldring, Sociology BA '10, MA '11, Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Meet Cory Quinn

"I’ve been working in marketing at Apple since graduating, and my formal training in sociology makes working in a need-to-know office environment more rewarding than I could have ever thought possible." 

Cory Quinn (BA/MA 2010)

Meet Cheryl Pruce

"For me, sociology classes brought out the truth: the painful truth of our racial and economic hierarchy. These classes taught me how to be a critical thinker, read arguments and figure out what makes sense, and how to analyze data in ways that would allow me to add my own voice to the discourse."

Meet Alex Topacio

"For me, the highlight of the major was learning to how to bring together both data-driven quantitative analyses and qualitative observations about the social world."

Alex Topacio, BA 2012