Majoring in Sociology will provide you with a tool kit for analyzing and explaining social issues and human behaviors. Sociological perspectives and methods help to explain current social arrangements and guide social change. Sociologists at UNL study issues such as health disparities, crime and deviance, religion, aging, and social inequality by gender, sexuality, race and income. The sociology curriculum provides students with many valuable skills: The opportunity to learn and to think objectively and creatively, to write and speak effectively, to analyze data, and to more fully appreciate and understand social and cultural differences among people. Sociology is an excellent double major with programs such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Environmental studies, Pre-Law, Pre-Health, Psychology, Statistics, and English.
Students with majors in Sociology often pursue careers in education, law, medicine, criminal justice, social service, government, human relations, survey research, market research, and non-profit organizations. Sociology provides an excellent basis for pursuing professional degrees in law, health, social work, and health-related fields. Students may also pursue graduate degrees in sociology and related professions such as survey research and methodology, criminology and public health.
The Department of Sociology is in the top 10% of Ph.D. Sociology programs according to National Research Council S-Rankings. Students will take courses with faculty who are leading research efforts on health disparities, deviant behavior, social inequality, religion, survey methodology and adolescent risk behaviors. The Sociology major is quite flexible, allowing students to craft focused core pathways with emphasis on research methods, health and wellbeing, or social inequality depending upon career or post-graduate plans. We have a strong commitment to teaching indicated by several faculty earning College and University-wide teaching awards. We encourage students to work on research projects with faculty members, to present their findings at professional association meetings, to participate in the UCARE program, and to publish in academic journals. The department also has a survey research facility, the Bureau of Social Research, that provides opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience through a wide range of projects from telephone, mail and web surveys to helping to run experiments, administer questionnaires in schools, and write research reports.
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.