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Life After Linfield: Career Development

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology is committed to preparing students for life beyond college. Whether you decide to apply to graduate school, pursue employment, or explore other post-graduation opportunities, there are several resources available to you that can help to guide you in your endeavors.

Office for Career Development

The Office for Career Development is an excellent resource for students who would like to explore graduate school, employment, or internship opportunities. The Career Development Hub (located in Melrose 010) provides the following services:

  • Career counseling/coaching
  • Job search support
  • Internship resources
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Advice on choosing a major
  • Grad school resources
  • Mock interviews
  • Salary negotiation tips
  • Marketing yourself consultation

Professional Organizations

The American Sociological Association (ASA) and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) provide a number of resources than can help to guide students through the career exploration/job search process. They include:

AAA Resources for Students

ASA Resources for Students

AAA Careers in Anthropology

What are They Doing with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?

Searching for a Job with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology

Dept. of Research and Development: Research on Jobs and Careers in Sociology


The following books are designed to assist sociology and anthropology majors with graduate school and job searches. An (*) indicates that a hard copy is available in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

*American Sociological Association Guide to Graduate Departments of Sociology 2015

*2015-2016 AAA AnthroGuide

Arksey, Hilary and David Harris. 2007. How to Succeed in Your Social Science Degree. CA: Sage.

*Camenson, Blythe. 2004. Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors. NY: McGraw-Hill.

*Ellick, Carol J. and Watkins, Joe E. (2010). The Anthropology Graduate's Guide: From Student to a Career. CA: Left Coast Press.

Ferrante, Joan. 2009. Careers in Sociology. CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Institute for Career Research. 2005. Careers in Applied Sociology: Careers for Sociology Majors. IL: Institute for Career Research.

*Lambert, Stephen E. 2008. Great Jobs for Sociology Majors. NY: McGraw-Hill.

Rienerth, Janice. 2007. Career Planning for Sociology Majors. NC: Hubbard Center.

*Ritter, Jessica A. and Vakalahi, Halaevalo (2014). 101 Careers in Social Work (2nd Edition). NY: Springer Publishing.

*Stephens, W. Richard. 2002. Careers in Anthropology. MA: Allyn and Bacon.

*Stephens, W. Richard. 2004. Careers in Sociology. MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Wall, J. and Vollmer, L.J. 2008. What to Do with Your Psychology or Sociology Degree. NY: Random House.