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Sociology Major (Bachelor of Science)

Social systems affect the lives of all people, and understanding how individuals and groups interact and impact our decisions is essential. As a sociology major, you’ll gain a keen sense of the world you work in, giving you an edge in the professional world.

All sociology majors are trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, which allow them to dissect social problems and discover solutions. Students take electives in courses such as health care, gender and geographic information systems, and have opportunities for community engagement through internships and service learning.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of sociologists is projected to grow 15% by 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for sociologists is nearly $86,110.

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Program Details

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Science in sociology will increase your awareness of social structures, teach you how culture shapes the quality of human life and prepare you for a variety of professions.

As a sociology major, you’ll:

  • Learn how social structures such as class, race, ethnicity and gender affect our “place” in society
  • Engage in quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand and explain social processes
  • Convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations
  • Gain a global and historical perspective on societies

Curriculum

Introductory and Foundational Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Research Design for the Social Sciences
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Senior Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences

View more details and to see the full sociology BS curriculum.

Sociology Minor

The sociology minor introduces students to topics like social problems, social inequalities and social institutions, including family, religion, education, politics and economics. The diversity and breadth of courses allow students to explore areas relevant to their individual interests.

Criminal Justice Policy Minor

The criminal justice policy minor introduces students to the history and current structure and processes of the American criminal justice system. Students explore the ethical issues surrounding the components of the criminal justice system and the research that evaluates the impact of it. This minor provides an introduction to other social systems and cultures as students explore more effective justice systems.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Creighton sociology requirement

Completion of SOC 101 or SOC 102 with a “C” or better and three credits in another sociology or anthropology course with a “C” or better

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities available for Creighton data science students aimed at making your degree attainable. Explore scholarships.

Required Information for Consumers

Molly Kleist
“Creighton’s sociology program encourages us to get at the root of social injustices. The faculty create an atmosphere where one can learn to think independently and apply knowledge to our daily lives and to the world around us.”
— Molly Kleist, Sociology major
Nicole Sipko
“The sociology program has helped me to advance my research skills and pushed me to develop critical thinking. The sociology faculty are so supportive. They truly are willing to help guide students through their time at Creighton and beyond.”
— Nicole Sipko, Sociology major
Pierce Greenberg
“We challenge students to think critically about society and then provide them the tools to study it. My favorite thing about the program is watching our alumni pursue a variety of careers and academic paths that make a difference in the world.”
— Pierce Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cultural and Social Studies

Students engage in academic service learning in many sociology courses such as Environment and Society, American Cultural Minorities, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System and Community Internships. Additional opportunities are also available for students to assist faculty with research during the course of the semester or during summer.

Community Internship

  • Students register for course credit to do a faculty-supervised internship with a public or nonprofit community agency. Students have worked with the Autism Action Partnership, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership.

Victim Advocacy

  • This opportunity is for criminal justice track students or any student interested in learning about how to advocate on behalf of crime victims. The course SOC 322: Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice is offered as course credit for students attending Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy.

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