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 of those who responded 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
  • Public Health
  • Health Care/Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Traditional Disciplines (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics)
  • Planning

Community Studies Students Have Become:

  • Community Organizers
  • Program Directors
  • Public Officials
  • Lawyers
  • Academics
  • Union Officials and Labor Organizers
  • Police Officers
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Radio, News Directors
  • Environmental Activists
  • 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.