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Sociology

Sociology examines how individuals develop, interact, and organize themselves in political, religious, social, and economic spheres. A foundation in sociology helps students understand the significance and vitality of social organizations ranging from groups to institutions and the role of the individual within social environments. By gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves, other people, and social "forces," people can make changes to create the kind of world in which they would like to live.

Sociology students at the University of Southern Indiana study:

  • Crime and deviance
  • Family, gender, race, and class relations
  • Social interaction and communication
  • Organizations and institutions
  • Social networks and urban life
  • Inequality, diversity, and globalization issues
  • Social movements and history
  • Politics, economy, and work
  • Popular culture and media

Sociology also aims to teach students a strong foundation in social theory and scientific research by emphasizing critical thinking about the social world, computer applications of social analysis, writing and communication skills, and community engagement.

Sociology Programs

Students may choose to complete a major or a minor in sociology. The sociology major culminates in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 semester hours in the same foreign language or demonstration of proficiency at that level of study.

In addition to the departmental degree requirements, students must complete the University Core 39.


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