Sociology, History, and Political Science (SHPS)

The Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science is an interdisciplinary department which offers courses in sociology, history, political science, anthropology, and social work. We pride ourselves in offering a quality curriculum with many opportunities for students to work closely with faculty doing independent research, internships, and/or other projects. 

The Sociology program offers both a B.A. (30 credit hours) and a B.S. in Sociology (42 credit hours). Students may also choose the Traditional Sociology Track or an Applied Sociology/Human Services Track in either degree program. We also offer specialty concentrations (12 credits each) in Children and Families and/or Crime and Society. The Sociology program also offers a minor in sociology (12 credit hours.) Students in their senior year work with faculty in community agencies in internship experiences which provide practical work experience for students and help tie their sociology coursework to the real world. Students in the senior seminar conduct individual research projects, and many students present papers at student conferences. Students have the opportunity to attend regional professional sociology meetings. The program also has a Sociology Club and a dedicated Facebook page just for IU Kokomo Sociology Majors.

The History/Political Science program offers a B.A. degree (36 credit hours) with three possible concentrations that allow students to specialize in History, Political Science, or Law and Society.  We also offer minors in History (15 credits), Political Science (15 credits), and Pre-Law (18 credits) and provide Pre-Law advising for the Indiana University Kokomo campus.  All three of these programs include a required senior seminar in which students are expected to produce a significant piece of research and provides the opportunity for students to explore internships in the local community at historical societies, political organizations, and legal offices.   We also support an active History/Political Science Club that runs its own Facebook page and works with our faculty to organize a regular series of forums on campus that focus on contemporary and historical issues in an interactive format.

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