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 exciting places!

Apply your knowledge

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 organizations or government agencies.

You’ll develop a working knowledge of sociological theory, research methodology and data interpretation through challenging, practical assignments. You can take classes that push and educate you on issues related peace, justice and social change. As a senior, you’ll conduct your own sociological research project on a topic you’ve selected.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

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.

Graduate with experience

Sociology majors intern and conduct research for Hastings-area entities such as the Village of Harvard, Neb.; Mary Lanning Healthcare; Lochland Country Club; law enforcement agencies; nonprofits; and more. To help build your professional network and leadership skills, take advantage of opportunities to attend and present at professional conferences.

Some students expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insights that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

Along 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.

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Get involved beyond the sociology classroom

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

In addition to Alpha Chi, 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 and test scores. Plus, you can earn talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Kearney Police Department
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • U.S. Navy
  • YMCA
  • Flatirons Community Church

Real People, Real Success

Orlando “Lando” Archibeque ‘76

Alumnus helps diversify library profession

Orlando “Lando” Archibeque ‘76 admits that when he applied to be a student employee at Perkins Library his sophomore year at Hastings College, his primary motivation was escaping his dishwashing job in…