Institutions of higher education are under increased pressure to
produce graduates who are career-ready, and the American
Sociological Association is encouraging departments to provide
students with opportunities that support them as they make the
transition from their undergraduate programs to their
post-baccalaureate careers. This chapter explores the many ways in
which the sociology major curriculum can assist with this effort,
without detracting from the core concerns and analytical rigor of
the discipline. The chapter’s first section discusses courses that
have an explicit focus on career exploration and development. The
second section presents a series of activities or assignments that
help students learn key sociological concepts or skills in other
courses, while simultaneously encouraging their thinking about
employment and life after graduation. The third section discusses
other ways in which a sociology major might be structured to help
students develop additional knowledge and skills that transfer
readily to the labor force.
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