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André Thomas ’14- Graduate School In Washington D.C.

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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.

Click here for requirements in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice: Major and Minor Requirements 2016, or:

Sociology Major
44 credits (typically 10 courses plus the capstone SCJ 352 course)


SOC 101: Intro to Sociology (Civic)                        
SOC 210: Statistics for the Social Sciences (Quant)          
SOC 320: Sociological Theory (Hisorcl)                                  
SOC 321: Methods of Social Research (Infolit) 
SCJ  340: Race and Ethnic Relations OR CJ335: Inequality and Justice (Divrsty)
SOC 347: Field Experience in Sociology (Writcom)

SCJ 352: Standards for Professional Behavior (Ethics, Writcom)

16 credits (typically 4 courses) in Sociology, Social Work, or Anthropology areas

  • At least 8 credits of electives must be at the 300 level
  • No more than 12 credits can count in another major/minor
  • 4 credits can be from a related area outside of the department, with departmental approval


Sociology Minor

20 credits (typically 5 classes)


SOC 101: Intro to Sociology (Civic)
SOC 204: Modern Social Problems (Critthink)

12 additional credits (typically 3 courses) in Sociology or Social Work, including Anthropology courses