Sociology and criminal justice

Sociology. If you're interested in people—and their societies and cultures—then study sociology. You'll explore the diversity of the human experience, conduct social research, and be encouraged to apply what you're learning toward the pursuit of justice and reconciliation wherever God calls you.

Criminal justice. If you have a heart for justice and desire to help communities wounded by crime, then study criminal justice. You'll learn what the criminal justice system does well—and not so well. You'll be equipped to empathize, act and pursue restorative justice in law enforcement or a related professional field.

Northwestern’s sociology and criminal justice department offers these study options:


Study with our sociology and criminal justice professors and you’ll soon share their passion for social justice and understanding of diverse cultural perspectives.


As a sociology major, you’ll have the opportunity to explore other countries and cultures close-up through semester and summer study abroad programs in Oman, Romania and elsewhere.