Sociology (Bachelor of Science)

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Whatever you want to become, think about how crucial it is for you to understand how individuals interact, how groups, like family and school, affect our lives, and how social systems help or hinder us. Sociology allows you to study all of these and apply them to any profession. With sociological training, having a keen sense of the world you work in gives you an edge in the professional world.

All sociology majors are trained in research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, that allow them to dissect social problems and discover solutions.Our students take electives in health care, gender, legal studies, Geographic Information Systems, and environment and have opportunities for community engagement through internships and service Learning.

Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology introduces students to such topics as social problems, social inequalities and social institutions such as family, religion, education, politics and economics. The diversity and breadth of courses allow students to explore areas relevant to their individual interests.

Criminal Justice Policy Minor

The criminal justice policy minor introduces students to the history and current structure and processes of the American criminal justice system. Students also explore the ethical issues surrounding the components of that system, as well as the research that evaluates the impact of the criminal justice system. It also provides an introduction to other social systems and cultures as students explore what a criminal justice system ought to be.

Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of sociologists is projected to grow 15% by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for sociologists is nearly $75,000.

Creighton sociology majors have found careers in a variety of fields, including: urban planning, corrections, survey research, human resources, insurance, election research, social work and teaching.

Some sociology majors pursue graduate degrees in sociology and go on to become sociologists. Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government and consulting firms. 

Employment Opportunities 

Sociology alums work in:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Public Health
  • Demography
  • Community Engagement
  • Politics
  • Peace Corps
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Graduate Studies 

Our graduates have pursued graduate studies at:

  • Stanford University
  • Brown University
  • Saint Louis University
  • George Washington School of Law
  • Villanova School of Law
  • Boston University

Specializations

  • Criminal Justice Major
  • Criminal Justice Minor

What You'll Learn

  • How social structures such as class, race, ethnicity, and gender affect our “place” in society
  • Engage in quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand and explain social processes
  • Convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations
  • Gain a global and historical perspective on societies

     

Curriculum

Research Opportunities

Research and Scholarship

Students engage in academic service learning in many sociology courses such as Environment and Society, American Cultural Minorities, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, and Community Internships. Additional. opportunities to assist faculty with research during the course of the semester or during summer.

Experiential Learning

  • Community Internship - Students register for course credit to do a faculty supervised internship with a community agency either public or nonprofit. Students have worked with the Autism Action Partnership, U.S. Attorneys Office and the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership.
  • Victim Advocacy - For criminal justice track students or any student interested in [earning about how to advocate on behaLf of crime victims SOC 322: Victim Advocacy Policy & Practice is offered as course credit for attending Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy.

Admissions Requirements

Completion of SOC 101 or SOC 102 with a “C” or better, and 3 credits in another sociology or anthropology course with a “C” or better

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