Available on Vincennes or Jasper campuses and online.

If you enjoy learning about organizations, communities, families, diversity, and how people live and work together in harmony - or discord - sociology may be for you.

Sociology is the study of group life. As a student majoring in Sociology, you will analyze the trends, patterns, and personal styles of people as they relate to:

  • Urban and rural life
  • Family patterns/relationships
  • Deviance and social control
  • Environmental issues
  • Technology/communications
  • Healthcare and illness
  • Social change and movements
  • Responses to disasters

Advantage in the Job Market

According to the sociology is one of the best degrees to earn if you are considering law school, working in Human Resources, Market Research, Polling, Social Work, and guidance counselors. In addition to information in specific course topics, you will learn social research design, statistics, and data analysis. This knowledge will be useful to you as you enter the job market. Vincennes University offers the first two years of a four-year program, which is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. 

The VU Advantage

Instruction at VU goes beyond the traditional lecture and discussion format. The Sociology faculty integrates the real world into their classrooms through current technologies, special speakers, and hands-on experiences. The Chelsea Lawlis Learning Center, which is staffed by full-time professionals, provides learning assistance such as textbooks that can be used on site (not all classes have these, but many do), internet access, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint etc, copying services, review material for tests, as well as a quiet place to just study for the next exam. The lab also proctors exams. It is open from 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 8pm-4pm Friday.  

A residentail campus, quality instruction, individualized advising, and a history of students successfully transferring to four-year colleges are all reasons to start your Sociology degree at VU. The low tuition when compared to other Indiana institutions is another benefit that makes Vincennes University a smart choice.

Sociology Department
Phillip M. Summers Social Science Center

Hope Clausman, Professor of Psychology
Department Chair, Psychology/Sociology/Social Work


Robert Evans, Professor of Sociology & Social Work



Jennifer Hensley, Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Work



Jessica Zellers, Assistant Professor Sociology & Social Work

Learn more about the courses required for this program.
Learn more about the courses required for a degree that tranfers to a four year school.

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes