The department offers course work leading to either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in sociology, criminal justice and a bachelor of science in agriculture and society (A&S) is offered.


The undergraduate degree in sociology prepares students to understand how social institutions, communities, and organization work and change. Students will examine the causes and consequences of conformity, deviance, and inequality. Graduates of this program will be able to apply sociological understanding of human behavior to practical work situations and everyday life through critical thinking and effective communication about social issues and social policy. Learn more

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program at Iowa State University, ranked #9 for best value by Value Colleges, prepares future graduates to make an impact in the criminal justice system and societal response to crime through an applied and academic curriculum. Students will become acquainted with issues affecting the juvenile and criminal justice systems and how to apply theories about crime, victimization, and criminal justice to real-world scenarios. Learn more

Agriculture and Society

This undergraduate degree emphasizes the application of social science knowledge to issues related to agriculture and society. The interdisciplinary major draws largely on courses from sociology, political science, and economics. Its goal is to prepare students to become leaders in addressing complex issues related to the social and human dimensions of agriculture at both the local and global level. Students will learn social science concepts and skills to understand, analyze, and communicate complex ideas, information and data related to agricultural systems. Learn more