Employers need doers—graduates who can apply their learning as they connect theory and practice with a sense of purpose and place.
The Department of Sociology will customize your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. We will introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Collaborate with classmates on applied group projects, research papers, academic competitions, in student organizations and volunteer opportunities in the community. Examples include:
Apply concepts to complex real-world problems and projects in courses such as:
Design and conduct original research and present at regional and national conferences, such as this recent presentation:
Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding diversity, a hallmark of the UB Sociology program. Apply that knowledge to original research projects leading to presentations and publication, and to volunteer and internship opportunities throughout the local community.
Recent student examples include:
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through leadership positions in regional and national professional organizations. For example:
UB Sociology graduate students are active in the following professional organizations:
Participate in UB's REALM Program (Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring), a full-day career shadowing experience for students who are interested in learning about leadership in the context of a professional setting. Students shadow a professional in their chosen field for a day and learn what skills have made them successful, followed by a networking reception.
Work independently or with faculty members on major research projects, helping them identify issues and produce groundbreaking and publication worthy scholarly and applied research. A recent example:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers including the ability to be dependable, punctual, dressing properly, being polite and displaying self confidence. Improve your skills through Master's projects and volunteer opportunities that involve working with professionals from community organizations and industry.
Interact with peers, researchers and industry experts at a myriad of professional and social events designed to strengthen your communication skills and expand your network. For example, recent speakers at the Department of Sociology's Colloquium Series include:
Practice professional presentation skills in seminar classes before you take the stage at regional and national conferences. Recent examples of UB students' presentations:
American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
Society for Study of Social Problems
Enhance your ability to author effective critical communication pieces through required class projects, research papers, poster presentations and articles submitted for review and publication by professional organizations.
Sociology graduate students are invited to submit manuscripts for the annual Nathalie Devine Howe Award which includes a monetary grant toward travel expenses to attend a professional meeting. Recent award recipients include:
Expand your world view by taking advantage of our annual study abroad program in London, England during Winter recess. Gain an understanding of how societies and culture shape our approach to issues.
Conduct original research with global implications. Examples include:
Address a problem, policy issue or an organizational process incorporating sociological theory, methods and coursework for your Master’s Portfolio.
Showcase your ability to design, manage, operate and report on topics typically required for professional employment, highlighting your competence across several areas within Sociology. The original materials in the portfolio are created, assembled and presented in a professional manner. The Master’s Portfolio includes:
With quantitative and qualitative data analysis and data visualization skills, I’m able to construct narratives for pragmatic decisions that drive favorable business outcomes.
Aaron Elliott, MA ’16
Insights and Segmentation Manager, Elsevier
* Data Analyst
* Survey Researcher
* Policy Analyst
* Research Analyst
* Marketing Manager
* Project Manager
* Diversity Officer