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Major and Minor

What will I learn?

The study of sociology goes beyond the basics of human behavior. With that as a foundation, you will become immersed in social and moral issues of the day as a way to bring life to theory.

There is no shortage of complex problems in our society today. Take an in-depth look at topics such as racism, sexism, poverty, crime and environmental pollution through the lens of social science to create your own proposed solutions.


What can I do with my degree?

Society in the 21st century is changing rapidly and so are the challenges. A degree in sociology provides you with a unique foundation to better understand and impact an ever more diverse and globalized world.

You will learn how position yourself to apply social theory to real-life situations, analyze and interpret social science data and formulate ethical responses to challenging situations - relevant skills to many diverse careers.

Interested in social justice?

If you're not simply content to accept the world as it is and you want to make a difference, the interdepartmental Social Justice Studies major may be just what you're looking for. Your coursework will draw on ideas from across a number of academic areas, opening your mind to what it means to be a champion for social justice.

We've got some unique opportunities for you

There are many exciting things happening in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. See if we have what interests you. 


Simpson Success Stories

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Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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Joe Tafta '15

Joe Tafta '15

Accepted for Prestigious Internship With Miami-Dade Police Department

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André Thomas '14

André Thomas '14

Graduate School In Washington D.C.

I would have to go back to the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, who said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in other things. By getting myself involved on campus and helping other organizations, I was able to find more of me, which was very helpful for my growth.

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Amy Larson '17

Amy Larson '17

From Simpson to Top Choice Job

I got a feeling as soon as I stepped on Simpson’s campus. I knew that this would be the place that I would grow, learn, make mistakes and find my home.

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