Sociology

MajorMinor3YRBachelor of Arts
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Social life. Social change. Social behavior.

Butler’s Sociology program explores human interactions, giving you an understanding of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Grounded in three central themes—community, social diversity, and global awareness—Butler’s Sociology major offers small class sizes, close interaction with faculty on research projects, and access to internship and service-learning opportunities within a large metropolitan setting.

Through the use of theory and methods, you will address challenging social issues, engage in critical thinking, and interact with the Indianapolis community, allowing you to further deepen your understanding and extend the practical applications of your studies.

Program Information

Curriculum

The Sociology program is designed to give students a grasp on the general concepts of sociology. Sample courses in this program include:

  • SW 200SO – Understanding Society
  • SO 205 – Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 301 – Families and Gender Roles
  • SO 391W – Social Theory Seminar
  • SO 393 – Research Methods Seminar
  • SO 339 – Violence, Media, and Culture

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Concentrations
  • Social Work and Social Policy
Three-Year Programs

The Sociology major can be completed in a total of three years. More information can be found here.

The Butler Advantage

The core values of the Department are to foster critical reflection, social awareness and responsibility, sociocultural diversity, and a global perspective. The department’s central mission is to:

Foster a knowledge of social and cultural issues, theories, and research methods.

Cultivate students’ abilities to succinctly and clearly express this knowledge in oral and written form.

Provide opportunities for students to utilize these acquired skills in an applied context.

Students will develop a perspective that emphasizes critical inquiry and reasoning to address challenging social problems.

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Stephen Barnard
Associate Professor, Chair of Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
Dr. Stephen (Steve) Barnard is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology.  Before joining the faculty at Butler, he was Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at St. Lawrence University, where he…
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Krista Cline
Associate Professor – Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
I am Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University. Before coming to Butler, I earned a dual-title Ph.D. from Purdue University in sociology and gerontology. I then spent at year at the University of Missouri as a postdoctoral…
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Mark Suchyta
Instructor, Sociology & Core
Sociology and Criminology – LAS

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