Sociology

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

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

The students apply knowledge derived from sociological inquired 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.

Graduates in sociology will be able to:

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

The sociology major consists of 10 courses plus the capstone (44 credits) including seven core and four elective courses.