College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

The Sociology Major at Butler


This major introduces students to the basics of the sociological perspective, core concepts of the discipline, theories and research methodologies through a set of core major requirements. To ensure a balanced exposure to the sociological realm, students are required to take one course from each of the four content areas which mirror the main areas of the discipline of sociology: socio-cultural institutions, socio-cultural processes and integration, social structure and differentiation, and comparative studies. Some of the courses you will have the option to take are: Families and Gender Roles; Law and Society; Mental Illness, Culture and Society; Deviance and Social Control; Violence, Media and Society; Race, Ethnicity and Society; International Crime; and Global Society. All seniors complete an independent research project carried out in a capstone course in which they develop and complete a research study in an area of interest to them. Sociology majors also complete either an internship or a service-learning course in which they have the opportunity to utilize their sociological knowledge in a real-life setting. Some recent internship placements include: St. Vincent Hospital- Rural and Urban Access to Health Division; Exodus- Refugee Immigration Organization; Fathers and Family Center; Planned Parenthood of Indiana; US Department of State (France); Alliance for Retired America with AFL-CIO (Washington D.C.); and the American Federation of Teachers (Washington D.C.).

Student Learning Objectives for this Major 

Major Requirements

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for those with a Bachelors degree in Sociology include, but are not limited to, positions in the following areas: administration, advertising, banking, consulting firms, counseling (family planning, career, substance abuse, etc.), community planning, criminal justice agencies (including police officer, parole officer, etc.), health services, human resources, journalism, marketing, public relations, sales, social services and social research. Sociology majors also work in government agencies as administrators, civil servants, project coordinators, program/policy analysts, or research associates. Many of our sociology majors pursue graduate degrees in areas such as Law, Sociology, Public Health, Counseling and other related areas of Social Science.