Sociology and criminal justice

If you're interested in people—and their societies and cultures—then study sociology and criminal justice. 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.

Northwestern’s sociology department offers these study options:

Criminal justice

Northwestern's criminal justice major will prepare you for careers in law enforcement and related professional fields. You'll learn to think critically about the criminal justice system and study restorative justice theories and methods.


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.