Why study Sociology at Hastings College?

Why do people react as they do? How do different groups interact? What does science tell us about human behavior? 

As a Hastings College sociology major, you’ll dive into these subjects and learn to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations – not just the theoretical. This means you’ll graduate prepared to advise and counsel private businesses, the nonprofit sector or government agencies.

You’ll develop a working knowledge of sociological theory, research methodology and the interpretation of data through challenging, practical assignments. In your senior year, you’ll conduct your own sociological research project on a topic you’ve selected.

Within the major you can also specialize and concentrate in:

  • General Sociology,
  • Criminology,
  • Human Services Administration and
  • Peace, Justice & Social Change.

Intern and conduct research for Hastings-area entities such as the Village of Harvard, Neb.; Mary Lanning Healthcare; Lochland Country Club; law enforcement agencies; non-profits; and more. To help build your professional network and leadership skills, take advantage of opportunities to attend professional conferences and become a member of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honor society.

You’ll find Hastings College alumni with sociology degrees working for Gallup, serving as law enforcement officials, providing support for people with intellectual disabilities, teaching in schools across the country and promoting football for an arena football team, just to name a few

Based on our observation of your interest in Sociology at Hastings College, we recommend you apply today!

Real People, Real Success

After graduating from Hastings College, Emily Johnson '14 followed her food security and public policy passion and moved to the East Coast for a fellowship with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows program, after which she was accepted into the... more
Most students complete master’s degree programs at schools across the state or even across the country, but few have the opportunity to study abroad. Miranda Klugesherz, a 2015 Hastings College graduate, plans to do just that. Klugesherz will attend... more
Alumnus Ryan Rogers '08 works as the human resources manager at Gavilon Group in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is married to Jossy Rogers, another HC alum. more
With a major in sociology and an emphasis in criminal justice, Stephanie Liebsack hopes to follow in the footsteps of her parents by becoming a police officer. This summer, she got to gain hands-on experience at the Corona Police Department,... more
In addition to studying biology, Hastings College seniors Jake Kampschneider, from Omaha, Nebraska, and Abbey Tiell, from Littleton, Colorado, are members of the College Acquaintance Rape Educators (CARE), and are passionate about the preventative... more