Sociologists attempt to understand the forces that mold individuals, shape behavior, and determine social events.

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NSU’s sociology program includes emphases on criminal justice or human services to help prepare you for many different jobs in fields such as law, law enforcement, social welfare, business administration, education, communications, and advocacy.

Pursuing a sociology degree from NSU, you'll learn:

•    The ability to write and speak well;

•    Computer literacy and familiarity with data entry and analysis;

•    Cross-cultural understanding and the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds;

•    Interpersonal skills with an emphasis on leadership; and

•    Research skills to analyze and synthesize information.

Our low faculty-to-student ratio means individualized attention for students inside and outside of the classroom.


Criminal Justice Specialization

NSU's sociology degree with criminal justice specialization includes courses that focus on criminology, policing, law enforcement and corrections. In this program, you'll take an in-depth look at criminal justice institutions and procedures, criminal conduct in society, and theories of crime, justice, laws, corrections systems and more. NSU also offers a minor and associate's degree in criminal justice.



Sociology majors with a bachelor's degree work in a variety of occupations - many as social workers, administrators, protective service workers and nonprofit or government workers; and in other service, managerial and management-related occupations.

Potential jobs include law, policing, social welfare, business administration, education, communications, advocacy, community organizers and activists, human services, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, sociologists and public interest advocates.

Many sociology majors go on to earn master's degrees in social work, psychology, counseling or business. A master's degree is typically required for social work positions in health and school settings and for clinical work. Learn more at NSU Graduate Studies.

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


Through internships, we foster relationships for our students in the Aberdeen and South Dakota communities - relationships that cultivate career opportunities. Students may choose to take either 3 internship credit hours as part of the sociology core, or SOC 489, a proposed capstone course.

All NSU sociology majors are encouraged to consider completing an internship for course credit. Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important career connections. Students who have successfully completed either a paid or unpaid internship have a much better chance at landing full-time, professional positions upon graduation because these experiences provide a competitive edge and are highly valued by employers.

Sociology-criminal justice majors observe criminal justice professionals at work and gain practical job experience during the program's field experience component.

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The Chuang Scholarship is awarded annually. Other scholarship opportunities are available to sociology majors each academic year.

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