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Welcome, current and future Cyclones!

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Iowa State University offers three undergraduate majors to prepare students for exciting and rewarding careers in the social sciences. Our programs include sociology, criminal justice, and agricultural and rural policy studies, which provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to positively impact society.

For those looking to continue their education, our department also offers graduate studies in sociology and rural sociology. With opportunities for hands-on experiences and cutting-edge research, our department is perfect for students who are passionate about changing the world. Discover what makes the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice an exceptional place to study.

Antonio Ball

I have always been fascinated by people’s interactions with each other, and sociology was the perfect field to explore that.

Antonio Ball, ’21 sociology, women’s and gender studies

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    Whether you are interested in studying sociology, criminal justice, or agricultural and rural policy studies, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will help you understand the challenges that communities face and prepare you for a career that makes those communities stronger.

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    Graduate studies

    Take the next step in your academic and professional journey by pursuing a graduate degree in sociology or rural sociology. Contribute to the advancement of communities by playing an integral role in our research and teaching efforts. Earning a graduate degree will not only increase your academic and research skills, but it will expand your future career opportunities.


At Iowa State, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore your passions, connect with others, and create lifelong memories. From joining one of our many student organizations, to attending exciting sporting events, to conducting research alongside top-notch faculty, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved.

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    Learn from faculty who are global experts and practitioners in their field – in and out of the classroom. Become an undergraduate researcher, participate in studies, or blaze your path to graduate school.

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    Student Support

    All the benefits of a top accredited university, with a supportive, friendly community where you’ll create meaningful connections with faculty, advisors and other students.

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    We’ll partner with you to help you get the most out of your degree. With a degree from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice – the possibilities are endless.