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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying sociology.

Community Engagement

A number of sociology courses feature off-campus, hands-on learning experiences. Students in these courses have worked with local organizations, including:

  • Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s Immigrant Voices Project—An online archive of immigrants’ personal stories, researched and written by students
  • Roses in Concrete Community School—A bilingual educational environment with a social justice curriculum
  • Destiny Arts Center—A youth empowerment organization that teaches violence prevention by engaging young people in Oakland in dance, theater, and martial arts


Sociology majors complete their studies by writing a senior thesis based on original research. Many seniors present their research to faculty and other students at the Mills Social Sciences Student Research Conference. Recent projects have explored the following topics:

  • International adoption and racial identity
  • Media representations of race in high profile court cases
  • Alternative schools for teenage mothers
  • How bars create community for marginalized people
  • Unique aspects of women’s motorcycle clubs
  • Transgender experiences in high fashion
  • Latina/o students in the education pipeline from kindergarten to college
What Can I Do with a Sociology Degree from Mills?

Sociology majors graduate with highly marketable skills and thrive in fields such as urban and regional planning, public health, public policy, social work, education, law, business, and nonprofit management. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

Program Manager for Independent Living
Access to Independence


Senior Director, Litigation

Research Librarian
Napa County Historical Society

Assistant Director, Education and Public Practice
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Clinical Social Worker
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Creative Director
Vox Siren

Environmental Consultant

Senior Program Officer, Environmental Conservation
International Community Foundation

Moving Forward Education

Domestic Violence Counselor
Sage Project

Community Development Coordinator
Sustainable Cambodia

Health Project Coordinator
Utah Pride Center