The SOAN Major

The best way to learn about the major is to meet with one of the professors in the department.  We can guide interested students through the list of courses and requirements, while also giving you a sense of how you might use the major.  Below are some useful resources for exploring on your own.

If you are new to the major, this general overview of SOAN might be helpful.  The department’s SoAn Major Rubric makes it easier for potential majors to see how SOAN courses can fit together.

We have a list of intended learning outcomes for the major.  If you would like to consult the precise requirements for the major, see the department’s entry in the St. Olaf Catalog.

What can you do with a SOAN major?  Well, past majors have gone on to do a wide range of things.  We have SOAN graduates who have gone on to do corporate jobs (if you are interested in that, a concentration in Management Studies makes for a good combination).  We have graduates who have done professional graduate programs, including medical school, law school, and dentistry.  SOAN graduates have also pursued graduate degrees in public health, public policy, and many other fields.  It is also common for SOAN graduates to work in social service professions (often internationally).  Studying SOAN opens you up to the world!