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Sociology and Other Social Sciences: California State University Alumni Ratings of the BA Degree for Development of Employment Skills

Steven C. Velasco, Susan E. Stockdale and David J. Scrams
Teaching Sociology
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan., 1992), pp. 60-70
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1318548
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Sociology and Other Social Sciences: California State University Alumni Ratings of the BA Degree for Development of Employment Skills
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Abstract

Sociology and other social sciences traditionally have focused on preparing students for study at the graduate level rather than on training them for employment in a wide variety of settings. Using survey data from 1,194 alumni in the social sciences, we obtained ratings of each major regarding the development of basic employment skills. We found that, in relation to other social science majors, the sociology major received mediocre ratings in developing such skills. We note improvement of this rating, however. The highest ratings were given by nonwhite males and the lowest by nonwhite females. We also found a substantial income gap between the genders among CSU social science alumni regardless of race, parents' educational level, GPA, or rating of the major's development of basic employment skills.

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