Transferable Skills

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SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY MAJORS
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
 Wide
ranging curiosity
 Observe, analyze, synthesize and interpret information
 Make critical observations and evaluations
 Think clearly and
 Understand ideas
form arguments
and values
 Identify community services
 Understand group behavior and social influences on individual behavior
 Understand social structures and change
 Recognize cultural differences/similarities and intercultural conflicts
 Appreciate others’ perspectives and the differences among different social groups
 Communicate across cultures
 Organize, conduct and explain research using a variety of data gathering techniques
 Understand and communicate statistical information
 Use computer skills to process and analyze data
 Design and conduct surveys to study social attitudes, values and behaviors
 Conduct field studies
 Analyze organizational patterns and group dynamics to find solutions to problems and improve
human relationships
 Gather information and synthesize ideas from different sources to write reports and present policy
recommendations and conclusions
 Bring together information and observations to inform and address societal problems
ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
 American Sociological Association - www.asanet.org
 International Sociological Association – http://www.isa-sociology.org/
 Society for Applied Sociology – www.appliedsoc.org
 Association for Humanist Sociology – http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=6817
 Good Works-Social Change Careers – http://www.goodworks.org/
 Idealist.org Action Without Borders – http://www.idealist.org/view/org/6BnksNSMDTBD/
 American Anthropological
 Archaeological Institute of
Association – www.aaanet.org
America – www.archaeological.org
 Social Science Research Council – www.ssrc.org
 Society for Applied Anthropology – www.sfaa.net
 National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – www.practicinganthropology.org
 Society for American Archaeology – www.saa.org
For more information on career ideas and web links, go to the St. Olaf Piper Center’s web site:
http://www.stolaf.edu/pipercenter/
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