Sociology Major and Minor at Simpson College

Sociology

The Sociology major is concerned with the application of knowledge derived from sociological inquiry. The major consists of required core courses, elective options selected by the student in consultation with their advisor, and the capstone course of Standards of Professional Behavior.

Simpson has a strong undergraduate sociology major. Our majors have a service orientation and contribute to various human service agencies in the Des Moines metropolitan area often through departmentally-sponsored service learning.

Sociology students apply knowledge derived from sociological inquiry to an understanding of human behavior in group settings. Graduates will gain an understanding of the linkages between theory and research and their application to analysis and policy development.

Students completing the Sociology major will be able to:

  • Apply sociological theories to concrete situations;
  • Analyze and interpret social science data;
  • Formulate ethical responses to professional situations; and
  • Critique how issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact social relationships between groups.

The Sociology major is 44 credits (11 courses), while the Sociology minor is 20 credits (5 courses).

Click here for a quick look at the majors and minors offered in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice: Major and Minor Requirements