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Career Explorations: Graduate Student Edition - Sociology

A.Field description

Sociology is the study of the society, the various interactions therein, the impact of various cultures on each other and the individual, global issues and more. Sociologists study human behavior, which is greatly influenced and governed by social, religious, and legal guidelines, within the guidelines of an organizational structure. A sociologist studies these behaviors and the influences that preserve certain behaviors and change others.

B.Education Guide

Education Details & Eligibility:

To become a professional in Sociology one should have a graduate degree (B.A./M.A.) in Sociology or its related fields. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by private and government colleges and universities in India.

Basic eligibility criteria:

Higher Secondary students (+2) with any group as their major with 55% aggregate.

Course Duration:

Training in this field is available at a number of schools and institutes all over India. These courses are offered at the levels of Diploma, U.G and P.G

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:

  • Diploma in Sociology - 2 years.
  • B.A (Sociology) - 3 years.
  • M.A (Sociology) - 2 years.

Approximate Education Expenses:

The total expense for doing Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is as follows:

  • B.A. (3 years) - Rs.26000/ per year
  • M.A (2 years) - Rs.40000/ per year

Bank loans and private loans can easily be arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administration.

Additional Qualities:

A sociology professional should also develop qualities like dedication, hard work, literacy, ability to negotiate, understanding, teamwork etc.

Higher Education Options:

After successful completion of the bachelor's degree, the options for higher education are plenty. A person with the above degree can opt for Master's in Sociology and then pursue M.Phil And Ph.D.

There are various short-term diploma courses available such as:

  • Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Participatory Development projects
C.Institutions that offer Sociology Courses

Almost all the deemed and general universities offer bachelor's degree in Sociology.

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D.Job Opportunities and Job Roles

A person who has completed B.A. in Sociology has wide opportunities in the following fields:

  • Journalism Politics International Relations
  • Health Care Administration Business Consultation
  • Public Relations
  • Federal Government
  • Urban Social Work
  • Military
  • State Government
  • Criminal Justice
  • Seminar and Workshop Consultations
  • Education - Administration
  • State Agencies
  • Consulting - Education
  • City Management
  • Evaluation Research
  • Law
  • Child Welfare
  • Gerontology
  • Business
E.Approximate Salary Range

The salary can be from Rs.5,600 to Rs.14,000 for beginners and increases with experience and knowledge.

F.Related Links

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