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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

Alex Currier

Constant observer

Alex realized he wanted to study sociology when he found himself in constant observation of society and the unique array of cultures that were always surrounding him.

Alex's story

Shanell Nieuwendorp

Job security

Shanell's semester in Washington, D.C., and internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.

Shanell's story

Collin Ten Haken

Serve and protect

Collin's Northwestern education paired with an internship with the Urbandale Police Department launched his career in law enforcement.

Collin's story

Jerel Kyles

Passing it on

Jerel works with at-risk children and families, providing them with the support and education they need to succeed.

Jerel's story

Eduardo Rodriguez

Mentor and role model

After gaining experience as an intern with the Christian Community Development Association, Eduardo now serves as a mentor to underserved and Latino youth.

Eduardo's story