About Sociology


Sociology is the study of group life and human social behavior, moving beyond what we take for granted.  Sociology courses teach students how to examine social processes and structures in a scientific, critical and systematic way.  You will learn sociological concepts and theories to apply perspective to social concerns of individuals, communities, nations, and/or global society and understand the causes/origins and impact of social issues by placing them in historical and cultural contexts.  Throughout the curriculum, students learn how to find and utilize relevant data and research in defining issues and solutions to social phenomena along with methodological techniques used in the social sciences.

Sociology courses teach students important skills and perspectives that are useful in fields of health and medicine, business, and social services.  In fact, starting in 2015, the MCAT will have a section on behavioral sciences, much of which is sociological.

Majoring in sociology provides applicable skills for the job market and for graduate school.  Sociology majors learn to develop evidence-based arguments, evaluate and interpret data, use statistical methods and software, conduct research, think critically, and communicate skillfully. A sociology major can lead to many interesting and rewarding careers in areas such as social services, sales/marketing, personnel management, data analysis and social science research.    

To find out more about what you can do with a bachelors in sociology, see the American Sociological Association (ASA) report: http://www.asanet.org/research/BachelorsinSociology.pdf


Purdue Calumet has several programs for you if you’re interested in majoring in sociology. You may choose one of three options:


All options contain common core courses, but the criminal justice and gerontology options enable you to obtain specialized professional training as an undergraduate if you have well-defined career goals.