You’ll find Hastings College Criminology graduates serving as law enforcement officers in numerous states and working as corrections officials, education officers, criminologists and lawyers, while others go on to graduate school. 

Apply your knowledge

Thanks to broad course offerings by our outstanding sociology faculty, you’ll examine why criminal behavior occurs, how society has addressed and currently addresses such behavior, and how society can improve. You’ll consider ethical implications of today’s law enforcement system and dive into real-world case studies. You’ll expand your understanding of the human condition through the lens of other disciplines as well as build excellent written and oral communication skills.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Graduate with experience

Criminology majors intern and conduct research during the school year and summers, putting classroom lessons to the test by interning with law enforcement agencies in the Hastings area or even your hometown.

Some majors also expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

At every step in your path you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College and you won’t find it anywhere else.

Your experience matters

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Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get a “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to help pay for school — but also to find your people.

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We’ve thought a lot about the ways students learn and built a four-year plan to help you navigate it all. From finding your place and in Year 1, to showing the world you’re ready for what’s next four years later.

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Your transition from college to a career begins your first semester. Every class, internship, research study and activity adds up. We love to celebrate all the ways you shine — your experience matters!

Get involved beyond the Sociology classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociological Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi and Alpha Kappa Delta, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Sociology majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Then there’s “plus one” scholarships — an additional scholarship for participating in anything from athletics to the arts to media.

It all adds up to making Hastings an great choice for you and your family.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Kearney Police Department
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • U.S. Army
  • Boys Town
  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • Adams County Teen Court
  • State of California Probation


Dr. Laura S. Logan
Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Psychology & Sociology

Real People, Real Success