• Jon Boyd patrolling in a boat

    Jon Boyd ’09, an Indiana Conservation Officer, appreciated his SJC internship, which helped him launch his career in a sought-after law enforcement position.

Sociology Department

SJC’s Department of Sociology provides students with a well-rounded education by viewing Sociology and the study of Criminal Justice in two ways: 1) as scientific in nature and 2) including human interaction and societal reaction. The Department of Sociology strives to tailor classes in accordance to students’ needs and interests. As a result, the department offers courses in various fields, including criminology, juvenile justice, family development, law and society, constitutional law, and courses that teach and utilize basic skills of socialization in political, industrial, urban, and multicultural settings. By offering a variety of classes, the Department of Sociology is able to prepare students for both graduate school and immediate employment in social and public service. 

The Department of Sociology includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Internship and Service Opportunities

The Department of Sociology knows students need practical experience to find a job or continue their education. As a result, the department exposes students to a variety of out-of-classroom experiences, including internships and service opportunities. Students have held internships in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice. Students have also participated in service opportunities, where they have worked with the poor, aged, mentally and physically disadvantaged, and at local and regional institutions, including the Westville Correctional Center, the Northern Indiana Rural Crisis Center, and the Jasper County Youth Center.


Students also gain hands-on experience through research. Research is an integral aspect of the Department of Sociology’s curriculum because it nurtures students’ critical thinking skills and prepares them for both graduate school and the workforce. In SOC 223: Research Methods, students are introduced to the qualitative and quantitative methods employed by social sciences, and emphasis is given to alternative choices of design, sampling techniques, instruments, and appropriate interpretive and analytical procedures encountered in the process of social scientific research. The research skills learned in SOC 223 and other courses are then used in higher level courses, where students partake in research methods of human behavior. Data collection is involved in the department’s curriculum, but emphasis rests more on qualitative (discussing theories in retrospect of results of a study on human behavior) and not as much on quantitative (raw data).

Department Majors and Minors


Program Faculty

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.