Earn a Sociology Degree

Use scientific methods and critical thinking to study social life and change

The study of sociology examines the patterns and processes of interaction between people in diverse settings. Our courses sharpen the ability to evaluate social life and social issues with an analytical mind. You will be empowered to understand complex societal relationships and work towards enhancing the quality of life through creation and implementation of effective social programs. Sociology contributes to our private Catholic college's mission of preparing students to transform society.

Our program graduates have successfully transitioned from the classroom to job opportunities in agencies serving youth and families, programs serving elderly clients, and various components of the criminal justice system. Additionally many graduates have continued their education in graduate programs.

About Our Faculty

Sociology Department

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in sociology. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Career Outlook

94% of Newman University students are employed or are in graduate school one year after graduation (2016 data).


A degree in sociology will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to sociology. Here are some examples of potential careers and median salaries:

  • Non-Profit Manager ($46,000 a year)
  • Rehabilitation Counselor ($33,000 a year)
  • Community Developer ($33,000 a year)

Cooperative Education Opportunities

Our students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through placements in the Wichita community. This allows for students to gain experience within the community and work to resolve real social issues.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. At Newman, our students can participate in a variety of clubs. These organizations allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.

Program Outcomes


Success Story — Yanley Rocha, Class of 2013

Yanley Rocha chose to attend Newman University because it was “close to home, but you are still able to have the college experience.” She double majored in sociology and criminal justice, and minored in pre-law. In addition to her studies, Yanley was an ASC Community Scholar and was the student president of the Newman Hispanic American Leadership Organization. Yanley was recognized for her community service and other achievements when she received the Hispanic Rising Star Award from the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2011. We know Yanley has a bright future ahead of her.

"I chose criminal justice and pre-law thinking of pursuing a law career after college. I decided to major in sociology after taking Principles of Sociology with [Newman Professor of Sociology] Dr. Larry Heck. I have developed a passion for both sciences."

Yanley Rocha, Class of 2013

"Everyone is so welcoming at Newman University, which I found really wonderful because I was so nervous and so scared. But I felt very comfortable with the people there."

ElLen Healy, Class of 2016

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Division of Social Sciences
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