College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Courses in sociology provide an understanding of society and of the relationship between the individual and society. Studies in sociology help to prepare you for graduate school and careers in the social services, law, human relations, criminal justice, government, education, and mass media. In order to effectively plan a course of study that will best meet your educational and career objectives, you will be assigned to an adviser as soon as you declare a major in sociology.

Although a minor is not required, study in an outside area is recommended. Anthropology, computer science, economics, history, labor studies, political science, psychology, organizational leadership and supervision, and women's studies support the major well.

B.A. with a Major in Sociology

IPFW’s Department of Sociology has two major goals for its undergraduate degree program: to prepare students for further study at the graduate level and to provide the body of skills that are necessary for students to acquire a job with a bachelor’s degree.

The curriculum in sociology is divided into two components: the core program and the elective component.  The first component, which is the core program, includes 18 credits (or six courses) of class work that will allow sociology graduates to accomplish the following:

  • Analyze and evaluate major theoretical perspectives in sociology;
  • Utilize and evaluate research methods and data analysis used in sociology;
  • Critically evaluate theoretical arguments, evidence-based arguments and published research, and;
  • Be knowledgeable of the appropriate ethics concerning both professional conduct and the use of human subjects.

Sociology majors also take a senior capstone course that provides an opportunity to either write a senior thesis or gain field experience.

The second component of the degree is the elective coursework.  All sociology majors are required to obtain an additional 15 credit hours of sociology:  6 of these elective credit hours must be at the 200 level or above; 9 of the elective credit hours must be at the 300 level or above.  These courses may include class work on topics such as racial or ethnic relations, social inequality, deviant behavior, social problems, sociological social psychology, family, or education in society.

Sociology majors must earn a 2.0 or better in all sociology courses used in the major.

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