Department of

Social Sciences

Individualized support prepares you for your career

Whether you choose to major in criminal justice, social work, or sociology, you'll find attentive and supportive faculty who are dedicated to helping you get a solid education in your field and pursue your career.

We have working relationships with dozens of organizations around Indianapolis in a wide variety of settings, from law enforcement and corrections agencies, to child care facilities and schools, to government agencies and community organizations. That means you're likely to find internship and practicum opportunities that directly relate to the field you want to work in. Often, these opportunities lead to full-time job offers.

Community-focused 

Classes often meet at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, which gives students the chance to get out in the community.All of our programs have a strong community focus and offer many opportunities for students to be engaged in the community. In addition to internships, field work and service-learning, classes often feature guest speakers from various community organizations. We also hold several classes at the Wheeler Arts Community, just a short drive from campus in nearby Fountain Square.

Research opportunities 

Undergraduate students have many opportunities to participate in research projects on topics of interest. Our faculty are dedicated scholars who enjoy working with students to conduct research, as well as present research findings at professional conferences and community meetings.

Our Social Sciences faculty bring to the classroom years of experience and extensive reasearch on very diverse topics.

Diverse faculty backgrounds

Our Social Sciences faculty bring to the classroom years of experience and extensive research on very diverse topics.

Among our faculty, we have practicing attorneys and former law enforcement workers; social work experts who have practiced in nearly every aspect of the field; and sociologists with expertise in such topics as community development and change, gender and family, stress management, environmental sustainability, poverty and homelessness, and organizational behavior.