Sociology students at Valparaiso University receive a broad education that combines the best of the liberal arts tradition with the practicalities of job-related skills by requiring courses in both social theory and research design.

studentsThey learn to analyze social problems using critical thinking skills and discover how to apply this knowledge to any work setting involving human relationships. They are also exposed to a variety of topics, including theory, race and ethnicity, research, deviance, social psychology, drugs in society, gender, and aging. The program is streamlined enough to also allow for a second major. Some Valpo sociology students choose to increase their learning and hiring potential by double-majoring in fields such as business, political science, social work, or psychology, just to name a few.

Notable Alumni

Matt Engelman ’07 – Recruit Officer, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis, Ind.

Sara Tremonti ’07 – Manager, Strack and Van Til foods

Emmi Takahashi ’04 – Senior Sales Planning Coordinator, Travel Vision, Inc.

Roger Smith ’04 – Commander of I.A.D. (International Affairs Division), Gary Police Department, Gary, Ind.

Kristi Burns ’03 – Guidance Counselor Residential Coordinator, Crow Creek Reservation

Jonathan Deenik ’02 – Deputy Prosecutor, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

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