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Sociology and Social Work

Sociology: Understand how social institutions like politics, economics, religion and family shape your society and your own life experience. Social Work: Master the professional knowledge, values and skills to empower individuals of all ages, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Get Involved:

  • Juniata Active Minds
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association for Marriage and Family
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

I love sociology at Juniata because every day I learn something new about myself, my social environment at home, the social environment at Juniata and society as a whole.

-Brittany Gregory '11

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Lauren Auster-Gussman ’11 is currently attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University for her master’s degree in social work (or M.S.W.). Lauren was admitted with advanced standing.

Courtney DeGemmis ’11 has been accepted to a variety of M.S.W. programs and has decided to pursue graduate study at Boston College.

Shelleisha Salmon ’11 and Brittany Gregory ’11 are currently enrolled in graduate study at Morgan State University.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

ClearBear Daugherty ’09 is employed as a mobile crisis worker at Universal Community Behavioral Health, Inc. in Huntingdon, Pa., while also pursuing her M.S.W. from Temple University.

You can read about more outstanding graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Sociology and Social Work?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • case aide
  • child welfare worker
  • family services specialist
  • drug rehabilitation counselor
  • human services worker

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • psychologist
  • social worker
  • marriage/family therapist
  • probation officer
  • program director

Possible Employers:

  • mental health agencies
  • colleges/universities
  • rehabilitation agencies
  • correctional facilities
  • hospitals
  • state/federal government
  • private practice
  • community agencies
  • business & industry

Related Occupations:

  • educator
  • criminologist
  • foreign service worker
  • medical health worker
  • market research analyst
  • therapist
  • police officer
  • school counselor
  • survey worker
  • writer

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify your interests, values, and abilities during individual career counseling
  • Research occupations in the Career Resource Library
  • Test your interests through volunteer work, student activities, and summer jobs
  • Sign up for a one credit Career Course with Dr. Darwin Kysor

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Join student organizations relevant to your major
  • Explore and gain summer relevant work experience
  • Contact alumni through Juniata Connect and conduct informational interviews
  • Shadow a professional for a day to gain insight on a job
  • Participate in career workshops and seminars (published in daily announcements)
  • Create a profile in Juniata Connect and link to alumni in your areas of interest
  • Attend events that include Juniata alumni to build your network

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Network at career fairs
  • Attend resume and cover letter workshops
  • Simulate a mock interview
  • Explore and gain summer relevant work experience/internship
  • If you plan to attend graduate school, start preparing now
  • Participate in career workshops and seminars (published in daily announcements)

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Attend career fairs and other networking events
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing
  • Create a profile and upload a resume on Juniata Jobs to search job postings
  • Create a LinkedIn account and network with professionals for job leads

Notable Internship Sites:

  • The Abuse Network
  • The Bair Foundation
  • KidsPeace National Centers for Kids in Crisis
  • Meadows Outpatient Clinic
  • Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
  • Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
  • Philhaven Hospital
  • Tri-City Homeless Center
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director