Why Study Sociology at IU Southeast?

Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships with a focus on the causes and consequences of human group behavior. Sociology students have access to a variety of resources at Indiana University Southeast. We take great pride in the human resources we offer.

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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships with a focus on the causes and consequences of human group behavior. Sociologists are concerned with the divisions of society regarding culturally shared and learned beliefs and behavior patterns. Sociology involves the gathering of information about society that is used to make generalizations and predictions about causes and consequences of social behavior.

Sociology majors must complete a minimum of thirty credit hours in sociology, in addition to general education requirements in science, language and humanities. Typically, the course of study includes an introductory course followed by courses in research methods and statistics, social psychology, sociological theory, and a senior seminar which serves as our capstone course.

Students select their advanced courses from a broad range of topic offerings including juvenile delinquency, the family, medical sociology, race and ethnic relations, human sexuality, aging and religion.

Facilities/Resources

Sociology students have access to a variety of resources at Indiana University Southeast. We take great pride in the human resources we offer. In addition to the close mentoring relationship developed between the faculty and the student, a close relationship with the community is fostered. This is accomplished by internships in the social services, law enforcement and medical communities.

The microcomputing facilities available to our students are among the best in the nation. The students have at their disposal top line statistical software packages and access to an extensive library of national and international data and to one of the finest research library collections in the world.

In the spring of 2007, the sociology department added a new gender studies track for students who want to focus on gender roles and gender issues.

Recommended Preparation

Since the mainstream of sociology is quantitative, math skills are important in dealing with statistics. A healthy curiosity about the nature of human groups is essential as is a willingness to explore alternative explanations concerning these groups.

Sociology is also offered as a Minor.

Advising information may be obtained from Advisor Dana Gohmann or Misti Whitaker.

Dana Gohmann
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 137
Email: dgohmann@ius.edu

Misti Whitaker
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 135
Email: mdwhitak@ius.edu

Please call the main Social Sciences office at (812) 941-2391 for an appointment.

Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on projects and individual study programs. They will enter into a mentoring relationship with the resident faculty so they can be exposed to our service and research.

Many will work with the Applied Research and Education Center on evaluation and needs assessment projects in the community. This community exposure will serve as the corridor to the world of work during and after their years at the university.

Our students will eventually go to work in the private and public sectors doing work which requires them to write, speak and reason well. Their experiences working in groups will prepare them for the types of leadership positions most of our graduates hold.

The Professional Practice Program provides an opportunity for students to obtain paid employment, on-the-job training and course credit. Professional Practice students have been employed by local probation offices, social service agencies, hospitals and retail businesses.

Career Links for Sociology Majors

 

Resident

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Benjamin Asare
Professor of Sociology
basare@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2291
Office Location: CV 131
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Melissa S. Fry
Assistant Professor
Director of the Applied Research and Education Center
frym@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2105
Office Location: CV 013
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Sara C. Hare
Associate Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Sociology
SCHARE@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2161
Office Location: CV 008
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Greg Kordsmeier
Assistant Professor of Sociology
gkordsme@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2860
Office Location: CV 025
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Veronica Medina
Assistant Professor of Sociology
vemedina@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2297
Office Location: CV 003
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Greg H. Phipps
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
ghphipps@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2173
Office Location: CV 129
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Adjunct

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Angie Andriot
alandrio@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Mary Fant
mfant@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Linda Jasper
ljasper@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Scott R. Marx
rmarx@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Jonetta Weber
jonweber@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Sociology Honors Program Admissions Requirement

Admission to the Sociology Honors Program requires the following:

  • the student must be a sociology major with junior standing
  • the student must have a 3.3 GPA in all courses

Honors Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the sociology major, the honors student must complete:

  • S495 (one hour) in conjunction with three advanced sociology courses
  • S498 (one hour) taken in conjunction with S47
  • Honors students must maintain the 3.3 GPA in all courses

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