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.

Sociology Website

Plan of Study

Sociology, BA

Sociology Honors, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in Sociology

  • Social services
  • Community work
  • Corrections
  • Business
  • College settings
  • Publishing, journalism, and public relations
  • Government services
  • Teaching
  • Graduate school

Transfer to Sociology

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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