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Sociology provides students with an understanding of social institutions and organizations, social behavior and social structures, cultures, and the theories and methods for studying them.

Sociology majors have an active student chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology/law and society organization on campus. Students may pursue a service learning course in their third or fourth year or work as an intern in the West Lafayette/Lafayette area. Sociology students interested in legal professions are encouraged to join the Purdue Pre-Law Club. The Social Research Institute is associated with sociology.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success: communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years.Degree in 3allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

CLA Professor Robin Stryker

portrait of Robin Stryker

Robin Stryker教授, a new faculty member in sociology, won two Distinguished Article Awards from the American Sociological Association from the Human Rights and the Political Sociology sections of ASA. Both were for her 2017 American Journal of Sociology article “From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation: Comparing U.S. Voting, Equal Employment Opportunity and Fair Housing Legislation.”

Excerpt from the CLA Dean's letter, Aug. 2018

Plan of Study


Transfer to Sociology

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue' , as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check theclosed programs pageto confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5


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Careers in Sociology

  • Social Worker
  • Corrections
  • Attorney
  • Teacher
  • Data Analyst
  • Journalism
  • Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Work
  • Security
  • Business/Management
  • Advocacy
  • Human Services