Because of its interdisciplinary program and the practical experience gained from the field study, Community Studies provides its graduates with many pathways for graduate work and professional careers, including health care, K-12 education, public policy, social work, urban planning, higher education and law. According to a 2005 alumni survey, almost 100 alumni have founded non-profit social justice organizations and many more have served on non-profit boards and/or in Executive Director positions.
Examples of Graduate Pathways:
- Urban Studies
- Policy Studies
- Public Administration
- Health Field/Medicine
- Social Work
- Traditional Disciplines (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics)
Community Studies Students Have Become:
- Community Organizers
- Program Directors
- Public Officials
- University Teachers
- Union Officials and Labor Organizers
- Police Officers
- Social Workers
- Radio, News Directors
- Forest Management
- Consultant Reporters
- EPA Inspectors
- Elementary and Secondary School Teachers
Although graduate training enhances your prospects for a job, many of our undergraduates have gone directly into professional careers. Whether you want to go to graduate school or find a job following your graduation from UCSC, the basic rule is to do your homework. Research jobs and schools, talk with people and explore your options. The following are examples of the careers of some of our graduates:
Aryn Moulton just finished her MA/Credential in orientation and mobility (O&M) at San Francisco State University. She did her internship at the VA in the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center and now works at Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx, NY.
Craig Merrilees worked on a field study as an organizer for the Westside Neighbors in Santa Cruz. His thesis was a manual for neighborhood organizers, and he is currently the Communications Director at International Longshore Warehouse Union in the San Francisco Bay Area.