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Department of Sociology

Are you intrigued by the social interactions around you? Fascinated by the way various groups of humans interact and relate? Perhaps the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Kokomo is the place for you! Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior and human social groups, from individual families to nations. It has a lot to offer, especially in an increasingly diverse and globally connected world. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Michelle Obama all studied sociology!

Nikki Brown student

I knew that I wanted to help people in some way and to make a difference. I chose sociology and you can do a lot with that degree. You can work with any population you want. It’s made me more open-minded and helped me look at the world through other people’s eyes, not just mine. It’s made me more conscious of global issues.

Nikki Brown, B.S. '17, Sociology

Learning sociology means learning about your world – from your friends, family, and coworkers, to the globe at large.

As a student majoring in sociology you have an opportunity to obtain the excellent communication, interpersonal relations, and critical thinking skills employers look for and that make for good global citizens. You will learn to analyze both at the small- and big-picture level, to understand how perspectives influence how we view life. We offer a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in sociology. To get involved with your fellow sociology peers, you can join our Facebook group and become a part of IU Kokomo’s Sociology Club!

A Lifetime of Success

Faculty present research at annual symposium
Being a professor isn’t just about teaching. It’s about research and time spent learning more about their field of study outside of the classroom. Students benefit from this continued education, as professors share their findings in their classrooms. Indiana University Kokomo faculty presented their most recent work during the annual research symposium on campus. Rachel Blumenthal, assistant professor of English; and Stephanie Medley-Rath, assistant professor of sociology, coordinated the faculty symposium. Medley-Rath took her own students to the event, to allow them to see a professional presentation — and another side of their faculty.
Jessica McHugh, B.S. '17, Sociology
“With a sociology degree, you can do pretty much anything because you learn so much about how society functions and why people do the things they do; I think that’s needed in every field. The thing I took away the most from studying sociology here was the professors. They weren’t just teaching out of a textbook, they brought real-world experience to it and really had a lot of insight and knowledge on the topic and were able to help us understand. If we were writing research and we didn’t know what to do or how it related to real-life events, they were able to bring that to life for us.”
Marisha Rigle, Current Sociology Student
"There’s just a lot of different things you can do with sociology. I’ve gotten more opportunities for research. I’ve done a lot of research on my own and I’m getting ready to do research with a faculty member. You really get to work one-on-one with the professors and faculty. It gives you a lot of opportunities to show what you’ve done and work with people in your field before you make it out there and start working. I want to do counseling and bereavement and mental health; I want my focus to be in suicide prevention. Part of the research I’ve started to do now has to do with that so eventually I would like to work for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention would be my main goal."
Nikki Brown, B.S. '17, Sociology
"I knew that I wanted to help people in some way and to make a difference and it sounds really cheesy and I don’t want it to but that’s what I wanted to do. I chose sociology and you can do a lot with that degree. You can work with any population you want. It’s made me more open-minded and helped me look at the world through other people’s eyes, not just mine. It’s made me more conscious of global issues. I was accepted to IUPUI’s Sociology program for my master’s degree."
Last updated: 08/22/2017