Why Study Sociology?
We study society, the social worlds in which you live! Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, sociology faculty at PNW reach out in the best tradition of our discipline’s sociological analysis and community commitment. Students get prepared for a variety of careers both in and outside of the social sciences.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
Academic excellence is the foundation of Purdue Northwest. We offer an environment that will contribute to your success, including small class sizes taught by expert, dedicated faculty and opportunities for research and hands-on learning, to name a few.
Sociology and criminal justice students create a variety of careers, including: social and case management services; business and marketing; education and teaching; law enforcement and corrections; government; health services; advocacy; and social research. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue graduate degrees in sociology, medicine, and human services.
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Events and Outreach
- Open house
- Graduate School Night
- Alumni and Career Night
- Guest speaker events
Purdue University Northwest offers a variety of scholarships to recognize student achievement and provide financial assistance to help with the cost of an education.
- Criminal Justice Club
- Social Justice Club
- Service Learning
- Sociology and Criminal Justice Field Experience courses (in approximately 40 Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland agencies this year)
- Ronald E. McNair Scholars mentorships
- Research (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA)
- Multidisciplinary Research Lab (MURL) worker and directed research with faculty
Social Problems (SOC 22000) provides opportunities to learn sociological concepts and theories and to apply them to social issues at organizational, community, and national levels.
Field Experience (SOC 30600 and CJRU 44300) courses provide placements in human service and criminal justice organizations, encourage real-world application of fundamental concepts, and often directly launch careers.