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.

New Criminology PhD Program

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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.

News and Announcements

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Kendall Riley awarded Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Thursday, May 9, 2024
The fellowship is designed to encourage students of color, especially those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the field, to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice, and to facilitate the completion of their degrees.

Adjunct Instructor John Zielke wins Career Impact Award

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
The awards celebrate University of Iowa faculty or staff who have been essential in helping undergraduate students develop the career skills needed to prepare for their futures after graduation.
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Chad Rhym's paper wins second place at the 2024 Midwest Sociological Society Conference

Monday, May 6, 2024
The paper centers around qualitatively exploring how Black teachers in the Midwest weigh the pros and cons of their decision to stay or leave their workplaces.
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Maddie Libao wins SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
The award is designed to support the next generation of sociology scholars and teachers who are committed to teaching and learning sociology.