Undergraduate Program

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Careers and Complimentary Majors for Sociology students

Careers and Complimentary Majors for Criminology, Law, and Justice students

The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers two degree programs. Students may earn a degree in Sociology (B.A. or B.S.) or a degree in Criminology, Law, and Justice (B.A. or B.S.).

The undergraduate degree programs will challenge students to think critically about why things in society occur. Looking at the social lives of people, groups, and societies, how do people behave when engaged with "social issues". Students will be afforded the opportunity to pursue classes in a variety of areas, including:

  • Gender and Family
  • Organizations
  • Social Psychology
  • Policy
  • Inequality
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice

This background can prepare students to engage in experiences related to social service, criminal justice, corrections, business, human resources management, applied social research, secondary education, among others.

Students who wish to pursue advanced study may be interested in areas such areas as social work, urban planning, law, criminal justice, and social policy. Teaching positions in colleges or universities and research positions in academic, private, and governmental organizations often require advanced degrees in sociology. As such, an undergraduate degree in sociology provides an important foundation for these careers as well.

For more information on careers or graduate school, please visit this page.

*Need one more course to fill your Fall 2021 schedule? Consider taking CRIM:2210 Iowa Criminal Justice Policy and Reform! This class will include discussions of policy and reform across all stages of the criminal justice system including policing, pretrial detention, sentencing, incarceration and more!**

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