Sociology at Illinois State prepares you to change the world you live in.
Sociology studies people, organizations, and systems. In the field, this is known as social structures.
Our family, jobs, the law, economy, and government are some of the most influential social structures in our lives. Sociology helps us understand how these structures work so we can make the world better.
It examines data to get to the root cause of problems and issues, such as racism, divorce, poverty, and crime. Sociology also develops solutions that move us in a positive direction.
Being part of our program, you’ll join other students who share your passion for helping others. We’ll help you discover how you can be a major player in sparking positive change. You’ll learn about the power of social structures, how decisions get made, and how social movements gain traction. We also take a close look at cultures, diversity, and inclusion.
Our program applies academic concepts to the real world and helps you develop the crucial skills employers need.
Most of our students do not become Sociologists. Instead, you can find them doing important work in non-profits, law enforcement, business, health care, and more.
Point of Pride
Sociology students continue learning beyond the classroom, with internships, field schools, undergraduate teaching and research assistantships, and other opportunities, including a Sociology Club.
Why study Sociology?
Sociology at Illinois State takes a hands-on approach to learning. You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to local or even global projects that make a positive impact. We have tons of ways for you to get involved. Whether you volunteer, intern, or research, the work you do will be meaningful.
You’ll also have plenty of support. Everyone from faculty to students is passionate about civic engagement and creating change. We work with each other as partners and collaborate with diverse groups of people.
You'll find the Sociology faculty to be dynamic. They put you at the center of their work, offering individualized attention and engaging conversations.
Our faculty are experts in a variety of Sociology fields. This gives you the opportunity to fully explore your interests. Their diverse expertise also provides you a well-rounded and engaging education.
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