College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

Sociology Major with a Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy


This option within the sociology major offers a concentration for students interested in human services and/or welfare policy and social justice. It offers a variation on the basic Sociology program of study by adding a three-course sequence in social work policy including social work theory and methods (SO381, SO383) and a social work practice course (SO385). The remaining courses are drawn from the content areas of the sociology major and include courses closely connected to the practice of social work and public policy involving individuals, families, communities and institutions. Some of the courses you will have the option to take are: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency; Families; Urban Community; Mental Illness Culture and Society; and Race and Ethnic Relations. Students complete internships in a human service or community setting. Some recent internship placements include: the Indiana Department of Child Services; Horizon House (working with the homeless); the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis; Youth Emergency Services; and Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis.

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Career Opportunities

This major offers a wide range of opportunities for entry-level jobs in the social service area and excellent preparation for a Masters and/or Ph.D. in social work and for advanced study in related social science fields (e.g. counseling). Demand for social workers is generally strong, with employment opportunities for social workers expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. This is especially the case for jobs in health care, working with aging populations, and in social assistance agencies. Our students with this major commonly enroll in MSW programs upon graduation.