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The Sociology Program provides our majors, both general and criminology emphasis, with a solid foundation of substantive knowledge. Beyond emphasizing content in sociological theory and research methodology, the general emphasis program leads majors to study social inequality and other mainstream sociological areas of inquiry. The criminology emphasis program, also emphasizing content in sociological theory and research methodology, includes courses in criminological theory and juvenile delinquency. Majors in sociology are prepared to enter careers in a wide array of human social services, both in and out of law enforcement, juvenile delinquency programming, or corrections, or they may further their higher education by going on to graduate school.

The Sociology Program

Students who complete a major in sociology will have an enhanced understanding of human aggregate behavior, skills in utilizing and evaluating social research, improved communication and interpersonal skills, and a broadened understanding of how social-structural processes and forces influence human behavior and patterns of contemporary thought, thereby incorporating critical thinking skills.


Graduates are exposed to a wide range of opportunities from state and local agencies. Here are some options for future graduates:

  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Clinical Sociologist
  • Case Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Social
  • Family Services Social Worker
  • Childcare Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Employment Specialist


Internships are a great way to enhance professional capabilities and strengthen your networking status. Sociology majors are required by faculty to participate in 100 hours of internship experience, so students can apply course concepts and generate a better understanding of social interaction at professional levels. Students and professors work together to find local opportunities suitable for college level experience. These are some potential internships you may want to pursue:

  • American Red Cross
  • Army Community Services
  • Oskaloosa Police Department
  • State Law Enforcement
  • Department of Human Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide Hotline


Michael O. Johnston, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Sociology 641-673-1346 Email

Michael Collins, Ph.D

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology 641-673-1393


William Penn University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club is designed for student development within leadership positions, and creating a social environment directed toward generating skills pertaining to social and psychological analysis. The Club is open to all Penn students


Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room


The following is a list of courses students will take as a Sociology major:

Sociology Core courses

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or
  • SOCI 123 Sociology of Contemporary Issues
  • SOCI 335 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 350 Social Theory
  • SOCI 390 Sociology Practicum

Sociology – General EMPHASIS

  • SOCI 217 Ethnic and Race Relations or
  • SOCI 219 Sex and Gender in Society
  • SOCI Electives

Sociology – Criminology EMPHASIS

  • SOCI 211 Introduction to Criminology
  • SOCI 218 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI 328 Criminological Theory and Practice
  • SOCI Electives