, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 32-50

Sociological competencies and business careers: Toward an expanded dialogue

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Abstract

We use a cross-disciplinary approach and multiple sources of data to investigate and outline sources of comparative advantage that undergraduate sociological study provides to students who are preparing for careers in business. We identify and discuss three core competencies that sociology specifically develops in students—structural consciousness, scientific thinking, and appreciation for diversity. We argue that sociology contributes unique value by combining these three competencies. We also offer thoughts on ways in which sociologists could further enhance undergraduate curricula, such as through emphasizing aspects of these contributions in a more explicit fashion.

Both authors contributed equally to the development of this article. We thank Jennifer Corbin for her libray assistance and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.