Department of Sociology

Our students are prepared to be leaders in today’s complex and changing world. They develop the knowledge and analytical skills they will need for successful careers and informed citizenship.

Our classes are purposely small; most have no more than 40 students. You’ll learn from some of the top professors in the field — professors who will know you by name. Student organizations will give you a chance to get to know your peers and be actively involved in co-curricular activities.

You can have internship opportunities in private industry or with social services agencies, nonprofit organizations and the criminal justice system. There are also ample undergraduate research opportunities, with students working together with faculty on original research projects.

Enroll in the sociology program at NIU and you’ll learn to master critical thinking, oral and written communication, as well as sociological data collection and analysis.

Let us help you develop your sociological imagination!


Sociology Graduate Student Julia Metz is a recipient of Outstanding Woman Student Award!

Congratulations to Sociology major Teeanna Brisco for being named one of the recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Women Student Awards!
Sociology graduate student Laura Kruczinski was featured in the Northern Star for her involvement in a listening session with the Dean of Students by students with disabilities on their concerns about campus accessibility. Laura is serving on the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

On Friday, October 26, Kristie Crane received the Distinguished Staff Award at the CLAS Distinguished Awards. Congratulations to Kristie! 

Prof. Jeffrey L. Kidder co-authored an article published on The Washington Post website titled, "If you think campus speech is all angry confrontation, you’re looking in the wrong places".

Sociology Professor Kidder was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article on the new platform of the California College Republicans. ‘Degenerate and Murderous’: California Campus Republicans’ Platform Attacks College Culture. 

NIU Sociology graduate, Andrew Traver, receives Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.

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Anna Pesola talks about why she decided to minor in sociology.

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Department of Sociology
Zulauf Hall 815