Student Community

A welcoming, collaborative community

We have a tradition of close collaboration with our students. We pride ourselves on providing world-class, hands-on intellectual support and guidance.

When pursuing a degree in Sociology, you have the opportunity to work with faculty who have expertise and experience in the field. Take advantage of office hours to talk with your instructors about your performance in class, the content of assignments, and how the course helps you work toward your goals. You also have the opportunity to meet and work with other sociology students.

Our department offers a number of ways to enhance your major. You can work with a faculty sponsor as a research assistant, conduct research in the Sociology Lab, or serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) or Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA). If you want to focus on a specialty area, you can take SOC-X 490 Individualized Readings in Sociology.

Talk with faculty and your academic advisor about these opportunities.


Internships offer you a chance to develop both technical and transferable skills while making vital professional contacts with others in the field. Many students begin exploring internship opportunities, including overseas study programs with internships, as early as their freshman year.

It might be possible to work with a faculty sponsor and earn academic credit for an internship by enrolling in SOC-X 477 Field Experience in Sociology, SOC-X 490 Individualized Readings in Sociology or ASCS-X 373 Internship: Theory into Practice. Ask your academic advisor about these opportunities.

Learn more about internships, including the possibility of receiving credit, through the Walter Center for Career Acheivement where you will find many resources for both domestic and international internships.

Learn about career preparation

Volunteer opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for volunteer engagement, allowing you to give back to the local community while developing useful job skills. The organizations below can help you connect with others from the university and beyond:

Sign up to receive weekly emails from the Bloomington Volunteer Network to learn about local opportunities and organizations.

Foreign language study

As one of the premier institutions in the U.S. for the study of languages, IU Bloomington offers courses and resources in over 70 languages.

Sociology majors often select a language to broaden the locations they can choose from to study abroad, and to enhance their options for global careers. Here is a partial list of foreign language resources available to students at IU Bloomington: