Sociology at Valparaiso University is a dynamic major that allows students to explore the social world in which womenthey live. Sociology students at Valpo receive a broad education that combines the best of the liberal arts tradition with the practicalities of job-related skills. Our students take courses in both social theory and research design, and they learn to analyze social problems using critical thinking skills.

The sociology major is comprehensive enough to expose students to a variety of topics such as:

  • Sociological Theory

  • Research Methods

  • Social Stratification

  • Deviance

  • Social psychology

  • Urban Sociology

  • Gender

  • Mass Media & Society

  • Sociology of Health & Health Care

It is also streamlined enough to allow students to obtain a second major. Many of our students have increased their learning and hiring potential by double majoring while studying here.

chicagoAll sociology students are encouraged to participate in the broad array of special learning programs that are available. These include:

  1. Internships at local, state and national levels.

  2. Study abroad programs based in Germany, England, Africa, China, and Costa Rica.

  3. Urban study semesters that take place in Chicago and Washington D.C. 

Many of the courses available at these sites can be used to partially fulfill the requirements to graduate with a sociology major at Valpo.