Career Prospects

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
  • Law
  • Education
  • Policy Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Health Field/Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Traditional Disciplines (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics)
  • Planning

Community Studies Students Have Become:

  • Community Organizers
  • Program Directors
  • Public Officials
  • Lawyers
  • University Teachers
  • Union Officials and Labor Organizers
  • Police Officers
  • Nurses
  • 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:

Ashley Yee  is currently working for an organization called Youth Community Service, which brings service learning and leadership opportunities to middle and high school students in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. She is the director for programs in Palo Alto, including  in school and after school service learning and leadership groups, and a restorative justice program for students with attendance and behavior issues. 

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.

Kim Kisler received her Masters in Public Health degree with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from USC in 2006, and her PhD in Public Health from the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA in 2013. Currently, she oversees several federally-funded projects at Friends Research Institute, Inc., a non-profit in Los Angeles.  Kim primarily works in prevention and risk reduction for HIV and substance use among high-risk MSM and transgender women.
Anupe Sandhu did his field study was with the International Rescue Committee of Los Angeles, doing refugee resettlement. He was offered apermanent position with them after graduation.  He is currently an analyst for the California department of social services, refugee programs bureau, administering refugee programs statewide. 

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.