The Social Sciences Department wants to acquaint students with many of the causes and effects that affect social and cultural behavior. Criminal justice explores social control and misbehavior from two viewpoints, law enforcement and corrections. Social work prepares students to be general-practice social workers who can understand, analyze, and improve social conditions. Sociology examines the interplay between human interactions and social institutions.
The university's Social Sciences Department offers the best of all possible educational worlds. As a student in the department, you'll benefit from:
- small class sizes
- distinguished faculty
- personal attention
- opportunities for practical experience in your major
- course scheduling sensitive to your needs
You'll also benefit from an educational philosophy that integrates nontraditional approaches—for example, hands-on learning experiences and opportunities—with traditional techniques.
The Social Sciences Department consists of four undergraduate disciplines and one graduate program. While all disciplines have the common goal of understanding human social behavior, they vary in their approach to that goal, with each one requiring a unique complement of courses. For details about each program of study, click the link below.
We believe that you will find many advantages to studying within the Social Sciences Department at the University of Indianapolis, such as:
- a high degree of individual attention
- internationally renowned faculty
- internship and practicum opportunities
- good opportunities for fieldwork and international travel
- emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship
- integration of traditional and nontraditional (e.g., Internet) teaching
- integration of pure and applied science
- respected, practicing professionals as guest lecturers and adjunct faculty
- exceptional preparation for entry-level jobs and graduate school
- nontraditional courses in Spring Term
Marvin and Sylvia Henricks Scholarship Each year, an incoming freshman majoring in one of the four Social Science undergraduate disciplines may be awarded a four-year scholarship of $1,000 a year for a total of up to $4,000. The award will be primarily based on proven academic ability. Prospective students interested in being considered for the award should contact the Office of Admissions at 317-788-3216 or 1-800-232-8634.
Other financial aid may be available as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Over 85% of students attending the University of Indianapolis are recipients of financial assistance, based on financial need and academic strengths. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid annually by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University of Indianapolis Application for Financial Aid by March 1. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 317-788-3217.
With a population of over a million people, metropolitan Indianapolis is an excellent resource for students in the Social Sciences. It's the thriving center of business, government, entertainment, and education in Indiana. The university's suburban, southeast-side campus provides easy access to a wide variety of cultural and professional opportunities.
It is home to such institutions and events as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, the Latin American Festival, Greek Festival, Indiana Black Expo, and the International Festival. These urban resources will provide you with an exceptional pool of entertainment, education, and internship options.
In addition, you can take advantage of the university's travel courses to such regions as the American West and Southwest, where you can visit cultural museums and prehistoric sites and interact with Native Americans.