About the Major

Human beings are social animals. As a student of sociology, you will study what influences what people think, say, and do and how they are influenced by others. In sociology, you will study the patterns of interaction between people in all sorts of settings: at work, at play, at home, and more. You will learn systematic ways to examine how humans interact with their surroundings by studying families, criminals, and other sub-populations while learning about social problems such as crime, poverty, racial inequality, and political change. The sociology major offers a wide variety of exciting courses so that students can tailor their coursework to fit their educational and career goals.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and research (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Introduction to sociology statistics
  • Social psychology
  • Families and society
  • Sociology of work
  • Juvenile delinquency and society
  • Women and health
  • Sociology of death and dying


Possible Careers

  • Attorney*
  • Community development
  • Communications specialist
  • Human resources
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Professor*

*These careers require further education and training.

Where could I work?

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • August Mack
  • Keter Environmental
  • Government agencies
  • Profit and nonprofit businesses

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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