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Sociology, Psychology & Criminal Justice

Majors & Minors

The Department of Sociology, Psychology & Criminal Justice strives to instill in students an intellectual curiosity and an understanding of the human condition and the complexities, and diversity of our social worlds throughout time.

Our academic programs provide students with undergraduate preparation for professional and graduate schools and for careers in public and social services, education and health. We are dedicated to quality educational experiences, student research and scholarship, community service and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities.


Sociology is the study of group life. As a social science it combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, intergroup relations, social class, environment, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, community responses to disasters and many other soical issues.

Why study sociology at WSC?

WSC is unique in that it provides practical, applied learning experiences for sociology majors which supplement a solid core of coursework. These experiences take the form of professional research work, internships, cooperative education opportunities and service learning.


Psychology is a behavioral science designed to provide a broad foundation of knowledge to meet the professional needs of students entering careers in the helping professions and other areas. The courses in psychology aid in individual adjustment, problem solving, social competencies, self-improvement and personality development.

Why study psychology at Wayne State College?

WSC provides practical, applied learning experiences for psychology majors that supplement a solid core of course work. These experiences take the form of independent research with faculty members and cooperative education and internship experiences. Students also have the opportunity to present the results of their research efforts at various conferences, including the Great Plains Students' Psychology Conference and the Annual Convention of the Nebraska Psychological Society.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program is a broad based degree program designed to provide students with the necessary practical knowledge and skills for careers in the Criminal Justice field, and knowledge of the theoretical basis for understanding the economic, political and social environments in which the criminal justice process operates.

Internships are available in all types of criminal justice agencies.

The Wayne State College program is offered in cooperation with Northeast Community College of Norfolk, Nebraska. Northeast faculty in cooperation with WSC faculty, offer a variety of courses on the Wayne State College campus. Students can complete all classes on the Wayne campus.