Sociology

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Sociology

If you want to make the world a better place, study sociology. By observing and researching human behaviors, you’ll learn more about people and how they build relationships, societies and cultures. You’ll also explore the effects of poverty, crime, and inequality on education, access to health care, and other relevant issues. Wherever your career might take you, a sociology degree from Northwestern will equip you to lead a life of significance—pursuing social justice and reconciliation in a broken world.

Major requirements

Sociology
Why NWC?

Why NWC?

As a sociology major at Northwestern, you’ll study diverse perspectives on social issues and learn how to present your research and ideas to a wider audience. You’ll not only gain a broader understanding of the world around you, but you’ll also grow in your understanding of self and how you’ve come to form opinions and beliefs.

Major course topics include the criminal justice system, ethnicity and power, cultural anthropology, and restorative justice. Related minors include sociology, cultural studies, Middle East studies, mission and justice, and nonprofit management. A secondary teaching endorsement is also available. 

CONTACT
Dr. Chris Hausmann
Dr. Chris Hausmann
Department Chair
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES Minister to youth through Northwestern's Romania Semester. 20+ STUDY LOCATIONS Explore God’s world in 21 international and five domestic locations.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE Engage with diverse people groups in domestic violence shelters, courtrooms and correctional institutions.

Outcomes

As a Northwestern sociology graduate, you’ll be prepared for God’s call upon your life, whatever it may be. Equipped with strong writing and research skills, you’ll be a standout graduate school candidate, and your practical experience with diverse people groups will make you a versatile employee. The career possibilities are limitless. Many budding sociologists go on to become lawyers, police officers, counselors, social workers, educators, managers and researchers.

Join our standout alumni at:

Peace Corps
Blantyre District, Southern Region, Malawi
Bellevue University
Bellevue, NE
Think 3D Solutions
Sioux Falls, SD
L’Arche Tahoma Hope Community
Tacoma, WA
CitySquare AmeriCorps
Dallas, TX

Experience

Internships

Internships

Intern with a nonprofit organization, church, courtroom or local law enforcement and gain valuable hands-on experience. Students have interned with local police, Conservation Offices, the Iowa State Patrol, and nonprofit organizations that serve people on society’s margins.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling will connect you with internship experiences, whether you stick close to home or find opportunities further afield. The center also offers help writing resumes and cover letters, practice interview sessions, job shadowing and more.

Off-campus study

Off-campus study

Study abroad programs in Romania and dozens of other countries are also great opportunities to meet people and experience different cultures.

Enhanced cultural IQ

Enhanced cultural IQ

Our mission + justice minor is designed to enhance your understanding of other cultures and provide practical tools for serving those on society’s margins.

Nonprofit management

Nonprofit management

Northwestern students are passionate about creating change on campus, in their communities and in the greater world. That’s why we offer a nonprofit management minor to equip students to operate nonprofit and for-profit organizations that make a difference. 

Internships

Intern with a nonprofit organization, church, courtroom or local law enforcement and gain valuable hands-on experience. Students have interned with local police, Conservation Offices, the Iowa State Patrol, and nonprofit organizations that serve people on society’s margins.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling will connect you with internship experiences, whether you stick close to home or find opportunities further afield. The center also offers help writing resumes and cover letters, practice interview sessions, job shadowing and more.

Off-campus study

Study abroad programs in Romania and dozens of other countries are also great opportunities to meet people and experience different cultures.

Enhanced cultural IQ

Our mission + justice minor is designed to enhance your understanding of other cultures and provide practical tools for serving those on society’s margins.

Nonprofit management

Northwestern students are passionate about creating change on campus, in their communities and in the greater world. That’s why we offer a nonprofit management minor to equip students to operate nonprofit and for-profit organizations that make a difference. 

  • Faculty

    Brilliant scholars. Committed Christians. Invested in you. That’s Northwestern’s faculty.

  •  Hausmann Dr. Chris Hausmann Professor of Sociology; Department Chair
  •  Monsma Dr. Scott Monsma Professor of Sociology