Sociology (B.S. or B.A.)

Why Study Sociology at NIU?

Sociology is the study of the dynamics of social life, social change and the underlying social causes and consequences of behavior. As a student in our program, you'll have the opportunity to take courses reflecting the diversity of subject areas prominent in the field, including:

  • Social psychology
  • Criminology
  • Social inequality (race, class, gender)
  • Terrorism
  • Social change
  • Health and medical sociology
  • Urban sociology
  • Social theory
  • Research methods

You may earn either your B.A. or B.S. degree in sociology. We also offer an Accelerated B.A. or B.S./M.A. degree, an Accelerated law degree with the NIU college of Law, a minor in sociology and a certificate in criminology.

Careers with a Sociology Degree

Baccalaureate graduates from our sociology program find employment in a wide range of careers, such as:

  • Research
  • Community development
  • Criminal justice
  • Health services
  • Policy development
  • Public relations
  • Social services

Sociology Faculty

Visit our Faculty Directory to learn more about the professionals who make up our Department of Sociology.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Our sociology program provides you with a variety of opportunities to become even more engaged in the field and in doing so develop new skills, experiences and credentials of distinction:

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