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Sociology is the study of social life and social institutions, and the forces that transform them over time. As a social science, sociology combines scientific and humanistic approaches to explain the complex ways society shapes us and the ways we shape society.

Sociology examines social inequalities that exist in society, both nationally and globally, and conceptualizes ways to create social change in order to eradicate social inequalities.  There are various sub-disciplines within the area of Sociology such as religion, gender and sexuality, marriage and family, criminology, health and illness, gerontology, social work, race and ethnic relations, social psychology, classical theory, cultural anthropology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics, education and social inequality, social movements, social class and power, plus many other special topics in Sociology.

Sociology also explores the intended, and even more importantly the unintended, consequences of social institutions for individuals and groups that must bear their effects. Sociology then asks students to suspend their own assumptions and to engage in critical analysis of the social world by making the links between institutions and social processes on one hand and the day-to-day experiences, behaviors and attitudes of individuals on the other. For additional information on what you can do with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology click here.

For more Information, contact:
William Mirola, Ph.D. 
Professor of Sociology


Major for Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Sociology

33 credits, excluding 100 and including 101, 205, 301, 450, 451, and 490. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all sociology courses required for the major.


18 credits, excluding 100 and including 101.

Teaching Requirements

High school licensure is available in art, English, French, German, Spanish, and music. Credits allowed through advanced placement may be counted toward licensing in French, German, and Spanish. With expanded coursework, a license to teach high school social studies can be earned by economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology majors.

Students who wish to teach in a content area must meet all requirements for the chosen major field and also meet the School of Education’s developmental licensing requirements. Contact the School of Education and Exercise Science for high school licensing program descriptions and specifics for each licensure area. All courses are subject to change based upon current requirements from the Division of Professional Standards, Indiana Department of Education.

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