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About the Sociology Degree Program

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Sociology is the study of the social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. In this major, you will learn technical and analytic skills, gain a global perspective, and explore the complexity of the causes and consequences of human behavior.

Sociologists study a broad array of topics including the intimate family, organized crime, politics, race, gender and social class. You will be prepared to help make a positive difference in the world through investigative research and through identifying social trends.

The Sociology major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney:

  • Gets you out of the classroom
  • Provides a background and base for countless job opportunities
  • Complements other majors and minors better than any other degree
  • Opens the door to graduate school
  • Provides both an in-class and online degree path

Sociology Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Graduate Program

Degree Received

Sociology, BA BS


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Shana Rutherford

“The Sociology program provided me with the tools to serve my community in the manner I felt drawn to. It has unlocked in me a desire to understand my community fully.” “The best part about the UNK sociology department is how flexible it is. As a non-traditional student, flexibility was the only realistic way that I was able to complete my degree. I enjoyed various topics that I was able to explore in my sociology courses. It helped me define my career goals.”

Shana Rutherford


What can you do with a Sociology Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Sociology graduates work for.


  • Social services
  • Administrative support
  • Management
  • Education
  • Sales and marketing
  • Market Research
  • Public Policy
  • Healthcare
  • Social science research
  • Public relations
  • Government
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Data Analysis


  • Greenpeace USA
  • Nebraska AIDS Project
  • S.A.F.E. Center
  • YMCA
  • Colonial Life
  • Gallup
  • County Probation Office
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Improve Care Management
  • Lyons Living Center
  • Public High School