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Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

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Sociology Degree Program Overview

In sociology, we study the social worlds in which we live. Purdue University Northwest’s sociology major is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the discipline of sociology – the social scientific study of society and human behavior.

You’ll learn to apply sociological knowledge in practice as you gain analytic and problem-solving skills and data analytics and interpretation skills.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, our sociology faculty embody the best tradition of our discipline’s sociological analysis and community commitment. You’ll prepare for a variety of careers both in and outside of the social sciences.

Sociology Major Curriculum

You’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences core courses and sociology courses. You’ll discover how historical, economic and political issues shape our world – and how an understanding of them can help change it for the better.

Begin your studies with the First-Year Experience in Behavioral Sciences, Introductory Sociology and the Social Problems course.

Sociology Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • BHS 10300 – First-Year Experience In Behavioral Sciences
  • SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 22000 – Social Problems

In year two, you’ll complete Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and at least one sociology elective course.

Sociology Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • SOC 38200 – Introduction To Statistics In Sociology
  • SOC 35000 – Sociology of Family

This year, you’ll study research methods, take the Racial and Ethnic Diversity course and complete three more Sociology electives.

Sociology Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • SOC 38300 – Introduction To Research Methods In Sociology
  • SOC 31000 – Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • SOC 31700 – Sociology of Sexuality

In your final year, complete Sociological Theory and any remaining sociology elective courses.

Sociology Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • SOC 40200 – Sociological Theory
  • SOC 30300 – Sociology of Violence
  • SOC 31500 – Gender in Society

Sociology Degree Program Highlights

As a sociology graduate, you will acquire written and verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving and research skills.

These skills help prepare you for post-graduate studies and success in one of the many careers sociology can prepare you for.

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Sociology Degree Program Outcomes

Your undergraduate studies in sociology can open doors in countless fields including health and social services, social and criminal justice, sales and marketing, teaching and law.

A sociology degree also helps prepare you for post-graduate education. Students seeking a sociology degree may go on to continue their education in the social sciences, education, counseling and social work, business and law school.


Sociology Degree Program Career Paths

There are a wealth of opportunities available to sociology grads, including:

  • Health and social services
  • Law and policy analysis
  • Research and academics

Sociology Degree Program Beyond the Classroom

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Honor Society
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • American Sociological Association

Sociology Degree Program Employers

Our graduates are employed in:

  • Governmental and private social service agencies
  • Education and teaching
  • Advocacy organizations

Sociology Degree Program Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a banking concentration may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

  • Michael and Geraldine Macenski Behavioral Scholarship

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I’ll always be grateful that the sociology program at PNW afforded me opportunities to gain skills that would lead me directly to a career in the field of social science research, and much of that can be attributed to the wonderful professors that encouraged and supported my endeavors.

Neil Thomas, ’09, Sociology

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I chose sociology because I believe that, to effect change anywhere, it is crucial to understand the societal/human aspect of issues. The root cause of many social problems begins with the people in our communities and how their behavior can impact the society at large.

Elise Garcia, ’23, Sociology Minor

Meet the Faculty


Hubert Izienicki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

I am an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. My research and teaching interests include human sexuality, gender, immigration, education, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s sociology degree program prepares you for a variety of careers, including those in social services, as well as personal and civic life in general.

To see how a bachelor’s degree in sociology from PNW opens doors, from classrooms to government buildings, take the next step today!

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