SociologyCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Ignite your sociological imagination, and equip yourself with the tools to understand and address social issues.

As a sociology major, you'll join a department with strong programs in the study of marriage and the family, social deviance, social inequality (including race, gender and class), and the sociology of health and mental health.

You can expect to begin with the core concepts such as:

  • introduction to sociology and sociological research
  • theory and intensive writing

And continue with,

  • senior seminar
  • research experience or community-based research

Beyond exposure to these fundamental areas, explore your own areas of interest with elective courses such as:

  • personality and social structure
  • family diversity
  • education and society
  • social inequality: stratification and life chances
  • sociology of crime and many more!

Career Opportunities

With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, you'll be prepared for leadership positions in the academic world, government, or private enterprise.

You may choose to pursue:

  • marketing
  • advertising
  • sales
  • counseling
  • criminal justice
  • probation
  • corrections
  • data collection and analysis
  • program evaluations and report writing
  • affirmative action fields in personnel departments in business or government agencies
  • or, pursue graduate work or,
  • professional school in law, health care, counseling or business

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Collegiate Leadership Consultant, Alpha Chi Omega National
  • Community Support Professional, Region V Services
  • Domestic Violence Group Facilitator, Bryan LGH Med Center
  • Elementary School Teacher, Teach for America
  • Family Support Worker, Better Living Counseling Services
  • Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Denver Public Schools Medicaid Department
  • Parent Educator, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Residential Manager, Integrated Life Choices
  • Surveillance Investigator, Veracity Research Corporation
  • Therapeutic Mentor, St Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women
  • Youth Care Specialist, Developmental Services of NE

The NEBRASKA difference

You will have access to the Bureau of Sociological Research, a full-scale survey research facility affiliated with the department. In addition to providing data for student research, the bureau provides a setting where you can gain hands-on experience in questionnaire construction, interviewing, and data analysis techniques.

Extend your classroom experiences by:


The Department of Sociology maintains a Resource Center with state-of-the art computers that students can use for research and writing. The Bureau of Social Research provides a setting in which students can get hands-on experience in questionnaire construction, interviewing, and data analysis techniques. Many students have used data collected by the Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Study for their own research projects. The department also maintains an extensive library of sociology books, journals, and videos. Every year we induct qualified students into the International Sociology Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Delta.