Welcome to Sociology

Chair's Greetings

Brian Steensland

Welcome to the web pages of the Department of Sociology of the IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI.  Through our faculty, including those with appointments in other Schools on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, we offer an undergraduate major and minor in Sociology, a major concentration in Medical Sociology, and a minor in Medical Sociology.  These programs provide students with social knowledge and with critical thinking skills that will help them understand issues and engage in problem solving.  Our faculty work with students in and out of the classroom. As an IUPUI sociology major, you will find small class sizes, a variety of learning options (day and evening class; in-class and on-line; internships; readings classes), personalized academic planning and advising, and relevant applied projects with community partners.

The graduate program offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree and a PhD Minor.  Our faculty and students, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, engage in research on an extraordinary range of topics.  In the department, and in the School of Liberal Arts and at IUPUI, in general, there is strong support and respect for this wonderful assortment of sociological research.   

Our faculty's research interests address topics that include understanding how social networks influence HIV risk, work-family conflict as it is experienced by fathers, understanding the causes and consequences of adolescent gambling, why people become involved in political violence ("terrorism"), social support and resilience in the aftermath of sexual assault, the barriers to health-care faced by the physically impaired, and the link between young women's gender attitudes and risky sexual behavior.  Our faculty research has been funded by a variety of highly respected, nationally-known, foundations and agencies, including the: National Institute for Child Health and Development; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Lance Armstrong Foundation; Regenstrief Foundation; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Woodrow Wilson Foundation; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Indiana State Department of Health.

The Sociology department draws on the unique resources offered by IUPUI and the city of Indianapolis. Our department has strong associations with the IU School of Medicine, the new School of Public Health, the Survey Research Center, the Institute for Research on Social Issues, the Office of International Affairs, Moi University in Kenya, the Center on Philanthropy and Philanthropic Studies, the Center for Service and Learning, and the Medical Humanities program, just to name a few. The city of Indianapolis is vibrant and loaded with research opportunities.  It is also a wonderful place to live and visit. Indianapolis, which has been referred to as the amateur sports capital of the world, is home to the largest Children's Museum in the world, as well as the Eitelgorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA, and an International Film Festival.  Home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the city has also been described as the "racing capital of the world."

We want to do everything possible to offer you the educational opportunities that will help you succeed, both at IUPUI and in your future career.  Please explore our website and learn more about our department, school, and university, and then get in touch with us for a more personal introduction to sociology at IUPUI.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Brian Steensland
Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology