What is Sociology?

Sociology examines the organization, structure, and change of social groups and institutions. It combines rigorous methods of inquiry and analysis in various areas of research, such as: mass media, the environment, racism, gender issues, class, and deviance and social control. Sociologists think critically about various aspects of society and determine its effect on individuals, neighborhoods, cities, states, countries, and end on a global scale.

Sociology is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of many other fields of work and study

Sociologists study social relationships, cultures, history, and institutions and their intersections with modern life and determine how that affects people today. Drawing from sociological research and theory, we can better understand not only how our society works, but also acknowledge its downfalls, reason with solutions, and implement change to make it better for ourselves and future generations.

Sociology is a building block from which we can gather a greater understanding of the world we live in.

About the Program

Courses are designed to take advantage of the unique resources of an urban campus, in the heart of Indianapolis. The curriculum emphasizes the applied aspects of sociology as well as those segments of sociology necessary for advanced study. Courses in sociology serve to broaden the understanding of all students and should be of particular interest to students preparing for careers in professional social science, education, government, law, criminal justice, urban affairs, social service, medical service fields, and business. In an ever-changing environment, the Department of Sociology strives to provide you with diverse educational experiences, including traditional education and fieldwork and/or survey research experience. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to participate in internships and research projects as part of their educational experience.

The American Sociological Association reports that 13% of Sociology majors pursue an advanced degree of some kind. Our graduates continue their formal education in a variety of post-graduate areas, including law, education, sociology, journalism, social work, health sciences, medicine, and public administration. Talk with faculty and your academic advisor about your options as a graduate student.