Chapter 28: Developing career-readiness in the sociology major
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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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