Make your difference
Make your difference

Let curiosity move you to major or minor in sociology!


Majoring in sociology will ignite your sociological imagination and equip you with tools to understand social issues. You will join a department with particularly strong programs in the study of marriage and the family, social deviance, social inequality (including race, gender, and class) and sociology of health and mental health.

Your core courses include an introduction to sociology and sociological research, theory and intensive writing, and community-based research. Beyond that, dive deep into areas that match your interests with a focus in:


  • Crime/deviance
  • Family
  • Health
  • Social inequality
  • Social research


In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in sociology such as:

  • Studying abroad in Australia, Greece or Morocco
  • Serving as the Undergraduate Sociological Association president
  • Interning with Cedars Youth Services
  • Researching peer pressure and conformity
  • Volunteering for the ACLU of Nebraska


With a major in sociology, you are prepared for leadership positions in government agencies, non-profit organizations, private enterprise or professional fields. You may choose to pursue social work or counseling; marketing, advertising or sales; criminal justice, probation, or corrections; data collection and analysis; program implementation and evaluation; human resources and personnel departments in business or government agencies; graduate work; or professional school in law, health care, counseling or business. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Assistant Program Coordinator for WH Thompson / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
  • Behavioral Youth Counselor / YOUTH VILLAGES
  • Bilingual Case Manager / FRIENDSHIP HOME
  • Community Organizer / NEBRASKA APPLESEED
  • Data Analyst / STATE OF NEBRASKA
  • Director of Juvenile Justice Institute / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA
  • Disability Services Specialist / DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
  • Parent Educator / LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Youth Specialist / CEDARS YOUTH SERVICES