What will I learn?

In sociology, we study the social worlds in which we live. The sociology major is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the discipline of sociology – the social scientific study of society and human behavior. You’ll also learn to apply sociological knowledge in practice.

Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, our sociology faculty embody the best tradition of our discipline’s sociological analysis and community commitment. You’ll prepare for a variety of careers both in and outside of the social sciences.

In this 120-credit-hour program, you’ll discover how historical, economic and political issues shape our world – and how an understanding of them can help change it for the better.


Sociology graduates acquire written and verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving and research skills.

Career Paths

There are a wealth of opportunities available to sociology grads, including:

  • Social services
  • Graduate school
  • Research and academics

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$17,945.00 per year
Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,



46323, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed high school or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript(s) or GED test score report.

Test scores: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) - 79 or higher; IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 or higher; British O-Level English Language Exam with a Grade of A or B on Ordinary Level of GCE/GCSE/IGCSE. PNW Undergraduate Admissions accepts a 100-110 Duolingo English Test score band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.