Sociology major

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If you sometimes wonder about why people act the way they act or think the way they think, you might consider majoring in sociology. Courses in sociology expose students to a variety of views of social life. Graduates from Central’s sociology program have gone on to law enforcement and to work against domestic violence, as well as become housing directors, social workers, lawyers and employment specialists for nonprofits.

Strengths of Central's sociology program



News about Sociology

Where are they now?

Don Maxam, a sociology professor in the early 70s until the late 90s, misses teaching and interacting with students and faculty at Central. He reflects on his years at with Central.

A Little Bit of Home

Hannah and Jessica Laflin are sisters, volleyball players and Central Dutch hailing from Arizona. Their friendship is a source of joy in their college experience far from home.



Successful Careers


Central offers a wide variety of opportunities to get practical experience. The sociology department has established internships where students can learn by observing social work, law enforcement and other professionals in their field. Internships normally last 12 weeks. Recent internships sites include:

A popular option is the Chicago Semester Program, where students spend a semester living, working and attending classes in the city. Past Chicago internships have included social work in correctional institutions, schools and an inner-city church.

Learn more about internships at Central.


Because there are so many aspects of human interaction, Central’s sociology program provides a broad range of elective courses. This allows students to select course offerings that capture their imagination. Courses in theories and methods are required, but the other courses completed depend on student interests. Sociology courses include:

Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join!

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.