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Law and Society

Law and society is a sociology major emphasizing concepts, theories, and research methods as applied to the study of law and law-related structures and processes. Coursework encompasses a variety of areas including deviant behavior, juvenile delinquency, the role of law in society, family law, and the sociology of police. These areas of study are intertwined with other crucial sociological concerns such inequality, power, social organization, social psychology, social change, race, gender, culture, and communication.

Points of Pride

  • Faculty are currently engaged in funded research totaling over $1 million.
  • The sociology department is home to the Social Research Institute (SRI).
  • Purdue has a student chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology/law and society organization.
  • Students interested in legal professions and occupations are encouraged to join the Purdue Pre-Law Club.
  • Law and Society majors may pursue a service learning course in their third or fourth year.


  • Attorney
  • Public administration
  • Law enforcement (local, state, or federal)
  • Probation officer
  • Investigator
  • Business (various)
  • Graduate school

Plan of Study

Department of Sociology

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