College of Arts and Sciences

Mission Statement

Passed by faculty March 1, 2006 and amended April 19, 2006

The Department of Sociology at Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne is dedicated to excellence, integrity, and freedom of inquiry in the creation and dissemination of sociological knowledge through scholarship, teaching, and service.

Undergraduate Teaching

The undergraduate program focuses on theoretical, methodological, critical thinking and communication skills and the application of sociological knowledge necessary to analyze social structures and processes. Through use of excellence in teaching and research we prepare students for gainful employment and further education.

Graduate Teaching

Through excellence in research, teaching and mentoring, the graduate program seeks to prepare skilled practitioners of sociology.  Sociological practitioners couple their knowledge of sociological theory with skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct research, engage in analysis of social problems and social policy, and design interventions to effect change in the functioning of social groups, organizations, and/or institutions.  In addition, sociological practitioners are skilled at translating sociological theory, analysis, and research findings to a non-academic audience.


Scholarship refers to the production of information that contributes to the knowledge within the discipline of sociology and its practice.  Scholarship includes the development of theories and concepts, the testing of theory through the collection and analysis of data, and the application of theory and knowledge through the practice of sociology.   The successful accomplishment of the department’s teaching and service missions are dependent upon a faculty engaged in scholarship activities. 


Service at the department, school, university, community, and disciplinary levels is an intrinsic component of the duties of a teacher/scholar.  Providing service to the department, school, and university by membership on various committees and governing bodies is a significant way to apply sociological expertise and perspectives.  Service to the community includes delivering public lectures, consulting, serving on community and advisory boards, and interacting with the media.  Engaging in professional service includes serving as officers, participating on committees and editorial boards, reviewing manuscripts and book proposals, and organizing sessions for conferences.