Department of Sociology

Delve into elements of culture

Sociology is the study of social issues and trends like globalization, shopping and consumerism, technology, criminal activities, family relationships, and more. Courses in sociology explore why people do what they do. As a sociology major you will analyze the elements of culture and ask questions like what do we believe and what in our culture forms that belief? You will explore the impact of media on society and social issues such as poverty, race, socioeconomic status, and more. Ultimately, you’ll gain an understanding of how one’s background and experience impacts one’s life and more broadly one’s culture.

  • 91%are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school five years out
  • 23+unique courses offered by the department
  • 55%are enrolled in or have completed grad school five years out

Prepare for a career

Coursework in sociology not only explores social issues and the impact on our culture, but provides students with skills in statistical methods and data analysis, which are emerging skills needed in the workforce. Many of our majors also have an interest in criminology, and courses such as Gender and Law, Crime and Society, Social Inequalities in Health, Social Psychology, and others prepare you for a variety of careers including paths in business, research, human resources, social services, criminal justice, and more.

Christian Bean, class of 2017

“Sociology changed my life. When you study people’s behavior, you learn how to approach them and be an agent of change in our society.”
— Christian Bean '17


Career paths of alumnae

  • Kelly Reidenbach '12
    Sociology major
    Staff Operations Specialist, FBI

  • Colleen Lowry ’11
    Sociology major
    Engagement Director, Ohio Democratic Party
    Columbus, OH

  • Noreen Gillespie Connolly ’02
    Sociology and political science double major
    Deputy Managing Editor, US News, Associated Press
    New York, New York

Dive deeper into topics that interest you

Sociology students have the opportunity to choose a topic for their senior research project that interests them. Using interview and survey methods, you will learn to analyze data and dig into the impact. Recent student projects have ranged from interviewing families with an autistic child or surveying latino/a police officers about stress levels, to interviewing guests at the Center For The Homeless in South Bend. These projects often connect the student’s life experience with a point of inquiry and are fueled by a desire to learn more.

Kristie LeBeau, class of 2018

Kristie LeBeau ’17 received a SISTAR grant to conduct research with Professor Leslie Wang. Their project was titled, “What Does It Mean to be a Teacher at a Rural School? A Case Study of Four Schools in White County, IN.”
— Kristie LeBeau '18