Sociology | Hastings College

Sociology

Why study Sociology at Hastings College?

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.

Within the major you can also specialize in:

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

You’ll develop a working knowledge of sociological theory, research methodology and data interpretation through challenging, practical assignments. 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.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

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

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