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Sociology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions, and social relationships, paying specific attention to the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings.
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Anthropology is the study of humans both past and present, including the study of human cultural behavior, biology, and languages.  The program delves into a variety of subject areas, including Native Americans (historic and prehistoric), medical anthropology, primatology, ethnography, world cultures, linguistics, bio anthropology (including an introduction to forensics), prehistoric archaeology, human paleontology, and food and culture.

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program that explores the systematic study of society from the micro-level (the individual in society) to the macro-level (the study of institutions). Sociology majors are also encouraged to draw upon the resources of other departments in the social and behavioral sciences, the physical/natural sciences, and the humanities.

Students in the Anthropology program can focus on one of the four main areas of discipline:

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistic Anthropology

The IU Northwest Anthropology Lab and Resource Center serves as a research and teaching room that contains dozens of real and replica modern skeletal remains, fossils, and other anatomical specimens used in various courses.  A major use of the room is in training students in Forensic Anthropology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • SOC S161 Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC S215 Social Change (3 cr.)
  • SOC S230 Society and the Individual (3 cr.)
  • SOC S261 Research Methods in Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC S262 Statistics for Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC S340 Sociological Theory (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S310 Women in America
  • SOC-S317 Social Stratification
  • SOC-S320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control
  • SOC-S325 Criminology
  • SOC-S328 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC-S331 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC-S335 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC-S337 Women and Crime
  • SOC-S420 Topics in Deviance
  • SOC-S 311 Political Sociology
  • SOC-S 313 Sociology of Religion
  • SOC-S 314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine
  • SOC-S 315 Sociology of Work
  • SOC-S 316 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC-S 410 Topics in Social Organization
  • SOC-S 416 The Family
  • SOC S314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine
  • SOC S331 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC S362 Medical Sociology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

Additional Factors

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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