Recent alumni have landed careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business and public administration – all fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Sociology also serves as an excellent pre-law major.
Recent graduates with majors in sociology include a youth development coordinator in the Twin Cities, a case manager for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, a youth pastor and an advocate for an emergency assistance program in a major metropolitan city.
Many sociology grads go on to work in communities – whether that means city planning communities like Fargo’s Downtown Community Partnership, or intentionally created communities like a college residence hall.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Shanna (Granstra) Altrichter '07
Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota-Rochester
Sociology, Religion and German Major
Concordia's Sociology department instilled in me a love of culture and a fascination with how society works. Because of my education there, I chose to become a sociologist, which is something I could not have done without being inspired to do so at Concordia.
John Stelter '15
Grant Systems Coordinator, Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation
Sociology and Political Science Major
For me, being a sociology major gave me opportunities that I never thought I would have as an undergraduate student. I went with faculty to Scotland to learn how to write an ethnography on a subculture, and I presented research on sustainability in higher education with faculty at the Social Science History Association Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Rachel Aho '09
Assistant Director of Administrative Services- Housing and Residential Education at the University of Utah
Sociology and Music Major
With previous knowledge about social problems, policy formation and organizational development, I was able to jump into conversations that my peers could not during graduate school, and truly begin to impact the elements affecting the world’s educational systems today.
William Wiebolt '10
Vice President, Precision Group, LLC, Fargo, N.D.
Sociology Major; Political Science Minor
I am from a small town and was not great at thinking outside the box or on a larger scale, which is why I chose sociology as a major. I found all of the professors to be very approachable and helpful. They pushed me to think about issues more in-depth and to examine how a particular issue might look on a broader level.
Margot Peterson '10
Communications Strategist at Sanford Health
At Rainbow Bridge Safe Exchange Visitation Center, I was their first intern ever. I created their internship handbook and came up with ideas for projects (e.g., creating and continually updating a corkboard with information to parents). These lessons of taking initiative and creating and maintaining open communication were extremely helpful and important lessons to learn, which helped in my first jobs at Atonement Lutheran Church, FirstLink, HERO, and eventually Sanford Health.
Melissa Lindquist '11
Founding Teacher, ARCH Academy, Minneapolis
Sociology and Psychology Major
Having a sociology degree means I come to a classroom with a deep understanding of my students based on their background and what their specific environment means for them both within and outside my classroom.
Matt Hansen '13
Marketing & Operations Assistant, Allodium Investment Consultants, Minneapolis
My time at Concordia has given me an incredible advantage in the 'real world' of work. The skills that I learned as a sociology major at Concordia – critical thinking, deep reading, and the importance of writing – have been tremendously valuable.
Skyler Vilt '12
Communications Specialist, Majority Caucus, Minnesota State Senate
History and Sociology Major
My experience with sociology helped me learn about how the world works and, more importantly, how we can make the world work better. The professors in the department nourished my passion and helped focus me academically on the things that mattered to for me. It gave me opportunities to get involved in my local community, as well as my global community with study abroad options in London.
Erik George '11
Principal Financial Analyst, Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey
Environmental Studies Major; Political Science and Music Minor
As an aspiring urban planner, sociology has helped me Become Responsibly Engaged in the World by providing a framework to address the underlying social subtleties of urban deprivation and poverty through the application of strategic physical and economic planning interventions.