Why Iowa?

Gain a powerful foundation for your professional and academic goals

Explore the complexities of society, crime, and social justice in Iowa's combined Sociology and Criminology program where you’ll gain a strong foundation for a variety of professional, legal, research or academic careers, along with exceptional training in writing and communication.

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Why Iowa?

One of only a few combined sociology and criminology departments at R-1 institutions in the nation, at an institution known for excellence in writing and communication.

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Phoenix Rising: The New Center for the Study of Group Processes

Monday, May 22, 2023
Despite a global pandemic and physical destruction, The Center for the Study of Group Processes “rises from the ashes” to continue the pursuit of internationally renowned research on group processes.
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Why Sociology? Reflections on the Decision to Become a Sociologist

Monday, May 22, 2023
Professor Bodi Vasi wondered how sociologists choose their profession. Not many, he thought, grew up wanting to be a sociologist instead of a YouTuber or an astronaut. He asked two professors and two graduate students in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Here’s what they said….
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A Warm Welcome to Professor Amber Joy Powell!

Monday, May 22, 2023
Our newest assistant professor of sociology and criminology, Dr. Amber Joy Powell, has already made a significant contribution to our department’s vibrant intellectual culture.
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Sociology Students Gain Real Experience to Relieve Student Debt

Monday, May 22, 2023
In Professor Louise Seamster’s innovative class, Racial Wealth Gap: Black Debt/White Debt, students analyze an important social problem and then work to help solve it.