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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


Honors Majors:


Academic Advisors for Sociology and Law & Society

Lupita Acosta-Roberts, B.A., Purdue University; M.A., University of Chicago |

Academic Advisor | Student Diversity Initiatives Director | Areas of Advising: African American Studies, Anthropology, Classical StudiesCommunications, Latin American and Latino Studies, Law and Society, Sociology, Womens Studies

D. Anna Bradford, M.S., Ed.S. |

Senior Academic Advisor | Areas of Advising: English, Interdisciplinary Film Studies, Law and Society, Sociology

Kaitlyn Callahan, B.S., Milliken University, M.A., Ottawa University |

Academic Advisor | Areas of advising: Communications, Law and Society, Sociology

Carol Randel, B.A., Purdue University; M.A., Ball State University |

Senior Academic Advisor | Areas of advising: Law and Society, Political Science, Sociology

Taylor Weast M.S. Ed., Indiana University; B.S., IUPUI |

Assistant Director of Academic and Career Advising

Academic Advisor | Areas of Advising: Art Education, Communications, Sociology, Visual & Performing Arts 

College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising & Career Center
1114 Beering Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor Kevin Stainback, 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:

  1. Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
  2. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution.
  3. Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall g.p.a. of 3.3 (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
  4. Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 g.p.a. in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
  5. 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 Associate Professor Kevin Stainback.


SOC 423:

Student 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.

SOC 489:

Sociology students who have completed 60 credit hours, and completed SOC 382 and SOC 383 may pursue a research internship, SOC 489. Students can earn 3-6 credits working in an organization that collects or analyzes data from surveys, social media, focus groups, interviews, or experiments. For more information, contact or view a brief video interviewing former interns.

Sociology Department Undergraduate Awards

Each spring semester, the Sociology Department makes the following awards to undergraduate students at an awards reception:

  • CLA Honors Program Outstanding Senior Award
  • Outstanding Community Service Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award
  • CLA Alumni Outstanding Senior Award

On alternate years, the Sociology Department makes the following awards to an undergraduate student at an awards reception:

  • Carolyn C. Perrucci Undergraduate Achievement Award

For descriptions of these awards, please click here.

Sociology courses