Purdue's Department of Sociology: produces world-class scholarship, in the books and articles it publishes; offers two outstanding undergraduate majors , one in Sociology and another in Law and Society; and delivers an exceptionally strong graduate program leading to the . At the graduate level, the Department's research and training programs are currently organized into six areas: Family and Gender ; Health, Aging, and the Life Course ; Law and Society ; Sociology of Religion ; Social Inequality ; and Social Movements and Political Sociology .
Students with a degree in sociology often secure occupations in public policy areas, including health services, community work with development agencies or environmental groups, social services, education, social and market research, and governmental service. Sociological training instills in students an understanding of diverse groups and the skills to investigate human behavior. Sociology graduates may provide front-line services to clients in a variety of social settings or work in program management positions where evaluation of trends in behavior or quality of services is required. Sociology alumni have entered graduate programs in sociology, social work, gerontology, law, medicine, psychology, library sciences and business.