Engaged Sociology

Engaged Sociology takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for sociology majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Sociology Majors Rise


  • Pathways In and Out of STEM: An Exploration of School Structure and its Effects on Underrepresented Minorities at Oberlin
  • Dignity and Dining Halls: Relations of Power in Oberlin Labor
  • Deconstructing Hypermasculinity: Combating the War on Black Men
  • Head Start Works, But Why? Understanding the Persistence of an American Welfare Program
  • PFLAG Narratives: Parenting LGBT Children
  • Research Assistantships


  • Bard High School Early College-Cleveland
  • Lorain County Family Planning
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights, Los Angeles
  • Refugee summer youth peer counselor, International Rescue Committee, NYC
  • NBCUniversal, NYC
  • Tikkun Magazine, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Council on Contemporary Families, Seattle

Study Away

  • The Swedish Program, Sweden
  • Programa de Estudios Hispánicos en Córdoba (PRESHCO), Spain
  • DIS Copenhagen (Danish Institute for Study Abroad), Denmark
  • Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement, Central America
  • University of Amsterdam/Social Sciences, Netherlands

Experiential Learning

  • Cleveland Immersion Program
  • Practicum: Community Learning
  • Community-based work-study program and volunteer
  • Oberlin Community Services, social service intern
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Urban Sociology Field Trip
  • Training in Statistical Programs (SPSS)
  • Training in Qualitative Data Analysis Software (MAXQDA)

First Destinations of Recent Sociology Majors

  • Positions:
    • AmeriCorps
    • The Cleveland Foundation
    • Fulbright
    • Teach for America
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
    • Newman’s Own Fellowship Program
    • Planned Parenthood
    • Presidio Trust
    • George M. Pullman Educational Foundation
    • HighScope Educational Research Foundation
    • Urban School of San Francisco
    • Interlink Mortgages
    • Schuler Scholar Program, Chicago
  • Graduate Schools:
    • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    • University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
    • University of Michigan–sociology
    • Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy
    • Notre Dame–sociology
    • Columbia–MA in climate and society
    • UC Santa Cruz–PhD in sociology
    • University of Wisconsin–PhD in sociology
    • Case Western Reserve University–PhD in sociology