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Sociology & Law School

Majoring in Sociology: Preparing for Law School and Beyond

Attorneys deal with clients from all segments of society and they deal with a variety of personal and social problems.  According to National Association for Law Placement, “A well planned liberal arts education, in which the student has intentionally attempted to gain the broadest knowledge possible while concurrently focusing on a chosen major of study is an ideal preparation for law school and law practice.”

Sociology majors develop research skills that make them more marketable in today’s technical and data-oriented work environment.  Majors also develop the analytical skills and the critical ability to understand how our society’s major social arrangements, including race, class, and gender, influence social life at the level of the individual, the organization, and society.  Learning to think critically and apply sociological knowledge in support of an argument is extremely important in a fast-changing job market.  As a sociology major, you’ll have a competitive advantage in today’s information society.  The educational base you receive in understanding social change—as well as research methods, theory, and sociological concepts—enables you to compete for jobs in numerous professional settings, including the field of law. 

Courses in Sociology address various aspects of human life from social interaction to social institutions.  Pre-Law students at Belmont University can take advantage of sociology classes that will provide them with useful skills and knowledge for law school and beyond.  Courses that may be of particular interest to pre-law students include, but are not limited to:

Criminal Justice

Social Problems

Sociology of Prisons
Law and Society

Juvenile Delinquency
Environmental Sociology

Medical Sociology

Sociology of Education


Race and Ethnic Relations

Theories of Deviance

Crime and Deviance

The Urban Community

The Politics of Knowledge

Significant Skills, Knowledge, and Opportunities You’ll Obtain While Majoring in Sociology

Critical Thinking
Analytical Writing
Research Skills (including the ability to analyze complex data)
In-depth knowledge of critical social issues
Understanding of different theoretical explanations for social problems which are useful for understanding policy issues
Opportunities for on-site service learning and internships - including the Washington Program
Cross-cultural understanding

Want to find out more about majoring in Sociology?

See one of the Sociology Faculty members in Wheeler Humanities Building - Suite 300 or you can also contact Dr. Ken Spring.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Sociology?

Become a/an…
City Manager or Planner
Consultant or Trainer
International Relations Consultant
Juvenile Justice worker
Labor Relations Organizer or Researcher
Lobbying Researcher
Planning Officer (e.g., in a State Dept. of  Planning and Development)
Policy Analyst
Research Director (e.g., in a corporation)
Sociologist (in a variety of settings)
Survey Assistant (e.g., Census Bureau, corporation)
Urban Planning Research Assistant

Famous Sociologists

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saul Alinksy (community organizer)
Francis Perkins (labor organizer, Secretary of Labor for FDR)
Rev. James Lawson

Richard Barajas (Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court)
Shirley Chisholm (Congressional Representative)
Barbara Milkulski (Senator)
Ronald Reagan (Governor of California, President of the U.S.)
Brett Schundler (Mayor of Jersey City)
Annette Strauss (Mayor of Dallas)
Maxine Walters (Congressional Representative)
Wellington Webb (Mayor of Denver)

Career Placement

The major in sociology prepares students for many careers including:  criminology, government services, marketing research, health services, teaching, law, business, ministry, social services, urban planning, community work and development, consulting, publishing, journalism, and public relations, teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and international relations.  Our placement rates into careers and graduate schools are very high.  Recent graduates can be found working toward graduate degrees or happily employed in criminal justice work, business, social services, teaching, nonprofit organizations, and the ministry.