The primary aim of coursework in the Department of Sociology is to provide students with an understanding of social institutions and organizations, social behavior and social structures, cultures, and the theories and methods for studying them.
Plans of Study
Academic Advisors for Sociology and Law & Society
College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising & Career Center
1114 Beering Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor Carolyn C. Perrucci, Stone Hall
Honorary Society and Clubs
Alpha Kappa Delta is the international honorary society for sociology. Its mission is "To investigate humanity for the purpose of service." Undergraduates are invited to apply. Requirements:
- Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
- Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution.
- Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall g.p.a. of 3.0 (by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship
- Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 g.p.a. in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
- Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).
Purdue's AKD Faculty Advisor is Professor Carolyn Perrucci.
All students interested in legal professions and occupations are encouraged to join the Pre Law Club. The faculty advisor is Professor JoAnn Miller.
Students in sociology or law and society may pursue a service learning course, Soc 423, Field Practicum. It is reserved for 3rd and 4th year students. Contact the academic advisors for details. Students in Soc 423 complete 100 hours of work as an intern in the Greater Lafayette Community and meet as a class once a week to discuss their experiences and relevant sociological theories and methods.