Department of Social Sciences


Sociology is the study of societies and social groups and how we relate to one another. It uses scientific methods to identify and understand social problems and their solutions. UIndy’s sociology program prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, and many of our alumni now work as community leaders and for non-profits.

Our program also helps you develop strong research and evaluation skills, which are valuable in a wide range of careers. Many of our students also pursue graduate studies after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Program strengths

  • Strong research and community-focused curriculum that helps develop community leaders
  • Professors with extensive experience in their fields of study
  • Variety of internship opportunities in Indianapolis
  • Small classes allow you to work closely with your professors and dig deeper into topics that interest you
  • Research opportunities available for undergrads

"Sociology has given me a broad knowledge of the way society and its institutions work and has allowed me to conenct seriously to my community. I have gained skills in working with not for-for-profit organizations. Those skills involve organizing large scale projects and volunteer recruitment. I have also been able to focus on diverse community groups, identifying needs and assessing accommodations.

Joshua Ford


Sociology majors can pursue a concentration in either community organizing or social research. A concentration allows you to focus more on a specific area of interest and further develop your knowledge and skills in that area.

Community organizing

Community organizing involves bringing members of an area together in order to bring about social change and improve various aspects of their community. The community organizing concentration gives students many opportunities to connect classroom studies with service-oriented learning experiences, and helps students develop community leadership skills.

Social research

The social research concentration is well-suited for students who want to pursue graduate work, especially in social sciences. This concentration gives you the opportunity to work with professors to do real-world research, including designing studies; collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; and reporting the findings.

Research projects are integrated into coursework, giving you direct experience in the concepts you are studying. Recent student research projects have focused on a wide variety of topics, including street crime, prison nurseries, metal theft, a UIndy alumni survey, urban rebuilding, and homelessness.

Learn more about research opportunities in the Social Sciences Department

Sociology students & grads have interned or worked for:

  • Indianapolis mayor’s office
  • Southeast neighborhood development
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Global Peace Initiatives
  • Altenheim Retirement Community
  • Child care centers
  • Second Helpings (community kitchen
    & hunger relief)
  • Exodus Refugee Immigration

Potential careers in Sociology

A degree in sociology opens doors to careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Social work
  • Criminology
  • Public administration
  • Gerontology
  • Market research
  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

Sociology might be for you if:

  • You are a people person
  • You are interested in society and the human condition
  • You want to understand social problems and identify solutions
  • You enjoy research and using the findings to recommend change

"Being a Sociology major allowed me to have a practicum that has turned into a job where my sole responsibility is to serve the less fortunate neighbors in our community. It's important to me to be able to give back and sow into people who live in the surrounding area."

Nicole Lane

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you’ll need to take as a Sociology major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the Sociology curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Sociology. You’ll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you’ll take at UIndy.

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