Sociology is the study of social life. It focuses on the interactions of people and institutions, and their influences upon each other.

If you’re fascinated by the behavior of people in groups or in society, sociology is a major you should seriously consider. Sociology contains a number of specialty areas including social inequality, race and ethnic relations, urban studies, social movements, law and justice, marriage and family, gender, sexuality, culture and more.


Sociology (BA)

Sociology is the study of social life. It focuses on the interactions of people and institutions, and their influences upon each other. If you’re fascinated by the behavior of people in groups or in society, sociology is a major you should seriously consider.

Sociology contains a number of specialty areas including social inequality, race and ethnic relations, urban studies, social movements, law and justice, marriage and family, gender, sexuality and culture.

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Criminal Justice (BA)

At Concordia University Chicago, students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree will obtain an interdisciplinary experience, rooted in the social sciences, which incorporates theory and practice. Students are able to tailor their degrees by enrolling for courses in sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy and social work.

Our courses will allow students to critically analyze how institutions that deal with issues of Criminal Justice impede and promote social justice. 

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A CUC bachelor of arts degree in sociology provides a solid liberal arts foundation and real-world skills. Employers look for graduates with investigative skills and the ability to work with diverse groups. Sociology students acquire a sociological perspective, develop critical-thinking skills and practice scientific inquiry. Many students who choose sociology as a major go on to careers in law, business, education, government, social work and counseling.

All full-time sociology faculty members have doctorates in sociology. They also have considerable real-world experience that allows them to bridge theory and practice in the classroom setting. You will benefit from one-on-one interaction with your professors.

Types of sites that Concordia-Chicago students have completed their internship:

  • Various justice-related organizations, such as Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
  • Local Police Departments
  • County Probation Departments
  • Juvenile Detention Centers

Students can access applications and materials related to internships and jobs on the Resources tab of the Concordia Connect student portal.

Visit the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership for opportunities: www.IWILTrainingAcademy.org

If you are a business or organization with a job or internship opportunity for a Concordia Sociology or Law student, please contact Dr. Jodie Dewey.

Sociology Criminal Justice Club

The club encourages students to bring ideas for meetings and club-sponsored events. For more information, contact Dr. Jodie Dewey.


Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociology Honors Society

Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is an earned honor. Once you join, you become a lifetime member. Your membership may be used on your resume, applications for graduate school, and job applications. 

Membership is limited to students in sociology, criminal justice, or social work who have maintained a record of high academic achievement. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Requirements to Join:

  1. Must be sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology/social issues (all sociology minors, social work majors, and law & justice majors fulfill this requirement)
  2. Have an overall 3.0 GPA, including sociology courses
  3. Must be at least  junior 
  4. Taken at least 4 courses with an SOC prefix

Potential candidates should contact Dr. Carol Jabs as the AKD chapter representative by phone, ext. 3145 or email, Carol.Jabs@CUChicago.edu for further information.

Download the application.


American Correctional Association, CUC Chapter

Membership is open to all individuals and organizations with interest in the correctional field. The American Correctional Association is the largest international organization interested in correction-related scholarship, networking, research and professional standards. This group receives information and field trip invitations to state and national prisons not available to regular classroom groups. Interested students can attend full-day, extended field trips and even participate in correctional officer, warden and counselor job shadowing.

In 2010, Concordia University Chicago welcomed our first ever chapter of the American Correctional Association, the largest international organization interested in correction-related scholarship, networking, research and professional standards.

Benefits of ACA membership:

  • Yearly subscription to Corrections Today, official publication of the ACA.
  • You can attend, or present, at the yearly conference. This is a great way to meet others with similar interests and to build your professional network.
  • Looks great on a resume!

Now accepting applications.

Only members can attend the events listed. Current students interested in joining, may contact Dr. Jodie Dewey or visit the Concordia Connect portal and go to the Academics tab to download the application.