Sociology at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Promote positive change by understanding human behavior.

People find purpose in connection, and social groups can be a powerful force. Technological advances have enabled increased social interaction and development. To understand patterns of behavior and social change, consider studying sociology. You'll explore the causes and consequences of important topics like wealth inequality, crime and discrimination.

As I was growing up, I wanted to become a lawyer. My major is sociology. It falls under the category of law, which I plan on pursuing.

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What Can I Do With a Sociology Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a fulfilling career in areas such as health and social services, criminal justice and community development. Your degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in a range of areas.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Outreach
  • Research
  • Strategic planning

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit
  • Public service

Career Potential for NIU Sociology Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Children's Home & Aid 
  • City of Chicago
  • Illinois Department of Human Resources
  • State of Illinois

Job titles include:

  • Director of operations
  • Owner 
  • Project manager
  • Police officer
  • Therapist

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Sociology Major at NIU

Depending on your goals and interests, you can earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in sociology. You’ll have many opportunities to get involved and build new skills, such as internships and research projects. To focus your studies, you can pursue the optional emphasis in criminology.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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