Sociology and Anthropology Degrees

When you major in business-sociology, criminal justice in society, or sociology/anthropology at NWU, you join a close-knit group of scholars dedicated to understanding how close-knit groups work.

We engage you to think sociologically as you develop a core set of skills.

Our dual sociology/anthropology degree gives you a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research, statistical analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll design research, conduct internships and pursue your own thesis.

Business-sociology majors establish a foundation in accounting, marketing and economics while critically applying their sociological skills to business settings.

Majors in criminal justice in society study criminology, law and all aspects of the criminal justice system. They develop both specific skills and a critical sociological perspective concerning the relationship between the criminal justice system and society.

In addition, students from other majors choose to minor in sociology/anthropology or in specific sociology subjects like minority, criminal, environmental and family studies to enhance their academic experiences and career ambitions with human nuance.

Get amazing results.

Sociology and anthropology students and graduates become open people. They’re open to uncommon approaches to common human endeavors, like making dinner, raising children and governing a nation. They learn to set aside assumptions to see the true impacts of personal choices and structural forces.

These skills will help you succeed professionally. Sociology and anthropology alumni regularly work in:

  • business (human resources, research, marketing and communications)
  • government (census and population studies, urban development, diplomatic services, policing and criminal justice)
  • human services (health care, education and immigrant support)
  • nonprofits (community outreach, housing development and international organizations)

Sociology and Anthropology faculty

NWU Sociology and Anthropology’s four longest tenured professors have been at Nebraska Wesleyan for a combined total of 83 years. The faculty’s expertise includes topics as varied as domestic violence, urban agriculture and substance abuse treatment and prevention.


  • Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea

    Gilman Scholarship sends NWU senior to South Korea

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  • Sue Wortmann headshot

    Sociology professor honored with faculty scholar award

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  • Joan Gilbreth headshot

    Gilbreth named Faculty Advisor of the Year

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  • Zach Baumann teaching

    Pre-law advising course enables students to explore legal career

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  • Kate Bolz headshot

    Sociology & Anthropology alumna named Nebraska’s USDA rural development director

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  • Alexander Delgado, Gilman Scholarship recipient

    Two students earn Gilman Scholarships

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  • For the first time, NWU professors John Spilker and Sue Wortmann led students to Cuba as part of a class that explored Cuban youth culture.

    Class gives students opportunity to experience Cuba

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  • After studying cultural anthropology and linguistics for four years, senior Claire Delaney is now studying abroad for the first time in France thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

    Gilman sends senior anthropology major to France

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  • Savannah Lopez, a sophomore criminal justice major, spent her spring semester as a participant in the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture Program.

    Chicago Center helps sophomore turn Chicago into her classroom

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Study Abroad

Miranda had an opportunity to study in several countries. Where will your Nebraska Wesleyan experience take you?