The sociology major prepares students for a lifelong personal commitment to society and for a diverse range of careers in the public and private sectors or for graduate study. The sociology major is available through the Social Sciences Department. Social science courses offer experience in project-based coursework and opportunities for original scholarly research, incorporating field trips and off-campus study throughout the United States and abroad.

Criminology/Criminal Justice Concentration

  • Understand current challenges in the criminal justice system and the directions it will take for the future.
  • Design and execute original research, giving insight into a rapidly changing field.
  • Engage in community service and service learning activities.
  • Participate in field experiences relevant to the criminal justice system.
  • Work and interact with a diverse group of people interested in, and of interest to the criminal justice system.
  • Learn about the wide range of careers available in the criminal justice field.

Program Goals

The discipline of sociology is the social scientific study of human groups and societies. The sociology major at Wartburg College focuses on developing conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in the discipline of sociology. We are an active interdisciplinary major in the department of social sciences that offers multiple opportunities for field research, domestic and international travel, and applied work and service learning opportunities to demonstrate and understand the relevance of sociology through experiential learning. There are many opportunities to collaborate with faculty in various projects and programs. The sociology major prepares students for a diverse range of careers in both public and private sectors and continued education toward a postgraduate degree. Program goals for students in the sociology major are:

  • Use critical thinking to examine and evaluate a wide range of social phenomenon and organizations.
  • Demonstrate command of theory, methods, and empirical examinations of society in a manner that furthers the discipline of sociology.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills consistent with the professional expectations of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the social, historical, political, and economic contexts of human groups, organization, and interactions.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, professional responsibilities, and ethical sensibilities in research and applied for work.
  • Compete successfully in being admitted to graduate programs in sociology and/or obtaining a professional position utilizing applied sociological expertise.

Common Learning Outcomes

Wartburg College is a learning community built upon an integrative curriculum, a rich variety of learning-focused co-curricular activities, and intentional opportunities for reflection and discussion. These outcome statements define the expectations of a Wartburg education and provide the benchmarks against which the college holds itself accountable.

  • Broad and Integrative Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and the ability to make connections across a range of disciplines.
  • Deep and Distinctive Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the depth of knowledge and the ability to use and apply the distinctive methods and forms of inquiry within the disciplinary area of the academic major.
  • Collaboration: Students will work effectively in collaboration with others, being respectful and civil toward others.
  • Ethics and Engagement: Students will articulate the ways in which faith and ethics inform their decisions, actions, and engagement as community members.
  • Communication: Students will communicate effectively and appropriately in writing and speaking.
  • Cultural Competence: Students will demonstrate the ability to appropriately, respectfully, and effectively communicate and work with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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