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Criminology

Why study Crimonology at Hastings College?

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. With your liberal arts classes, 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

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

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 January Term (J-Term) to gather 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.

Taylor Samek '16 finds career in law enforcement »
Serving justice runs in the family for Liebsack »

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 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
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • U.S. Army
  • Boys Town
  • Colorado Springs Police Department

Real People, Real Success

When animal law enforcement officer and 2015 Hastings College Graduate Timothy Rice catches a pet owner without a leash, he doesn’t issue a ticket. Instead, he offers a lesson on the dangers of off-leash pets, provides them with a free slip leash... more
Taylor Samek '16 has used his experience interacting with the diverse student population at Hastings College to help him be more effective now as a deputy sheriff in Merrick county. more
Hastings College senior Brooke MacLeod has her sights set on making a difference in the world, and she is active in her efforts to make a positive impact. “My two goals are to get rid of food insecurity and homelessness. I’m always striving to... more
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