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Sociology (B.S.) - Teaching Specialization

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To make an impact - teaching.

The society in which you live plays a significant role in your education, your relationships, your career, your economic status and much more. Sociology majors often make strong teachers because of their understanding of how people behave and interact. Students in this specialization gain mastery of sociology by studying and applying contemporary sociological theory and research to social issues such as globalization, social inequality, diversity, family, religion or population. Additionally, students complete pedagogy courses to prepare for employment in middle school or senior high level teaching.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about the world around you.
  • Are interested in people and behaviors.
  • Have a desire to help people.
  • Have strong writing and communication skills.
  • Are interested in teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • Secondary school teachers (except special and vocational)
  • Teaching assistants
  • Curriculum developers
  • Trainers
  • Afterschool program directors

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts
  • School Counselor Roncalli Elementary

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.