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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.

Academic programs

As a sociology/criminal justice major, you’ll study people in groups: peer and family groups, political parties, religious groups, minority groups, and entire societies. You’ll investigate and debate social problems like poverty, war and crime—all in an effort to understand how people might relate to one another in a way that promotes restoration and reconciliation. Explore programs


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


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. Explore opportunities

People person

Rebecca Quade has always felt drawn to the study of people. She particularly enjoys learning about what causes people to act the way they do and why they respond a certain way. With an interest in human behavior, Rebecca attended Northwestern with a plan to major in sociology.

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Passing it on

Originally a computer science major, Jerel took an intro to sociology course and fell in love. Graduating with a degree in sociology, Jerel now works with at-risk children and families and provides them with the support and education they need to succeed.

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