Sociology is the scientific study of human societies and social interaction, including the study of social inequalities such as gender differences in wages, racial and ethnic differences in education, and class differences in socialization. Sociologists focus on patterns of inequality and how they shape outlooks, behaviors and everyday interactions.

Students have a unique opportunity to build critical thinking and research skills. Our engaging curriculum trains students to become independent thinkers, effective communicators and engaged citizens.

Sociology students learn a variety of skills that transfer across career lines, including critical thinking, teamwork, data analysis, social justice leadership, global and environmental awareness and diversity and inclusion.


Students transferring to UNI should take Introduction to Sociology, which is a prerequisite for upper-level courses in sociology. Courses listed as 3000 or 4000 level courses cannot be transferred from community colleges. For more information, contact Dr. Kristin Mack at (319) 273-7630.


Sociology Students

All sociology students are encouraged to complete an internship as part of the professional development requirement. Placement opportunities are available in both the local area and around the state.

Sociology Students

Each year qualifying students are inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta. They join more than 115,000 members in more than 650 chapters of this international sociology honor society.

Sociology students

Students may get involved with the program outside the classroom by joining the student organization for the major. The club meets regularly and plans a variety of activities including guest speakers, participation in research conferences and service projects.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


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Dr. Kristin Mack 
Professor of Sociology
(319) 273-7630

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