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Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Sociology at Indiana University. We believe that the graduate training we provide ranks among the best in the country. We have consistently been able to place virtually all of our new PhDs in jobs, most of them in academic settings. Our graduate students have also won numerous paper awards from the American Sociological Association, The Society for the Study of Social Problems, and various regional associations. Such success is one measure of the fine reputation of Indiana Sociology.

Our reputation rests ultimately on the quality of our faculty. We have assembled in Bloomington an outstanding and congenial group of researchers and teachers, each with a national reputation in his or her specialty. We are also a diverse faculty: my colleagues examine a wide range of sociological problems, using a variety of theoretical and methodological orientations. No matter what research interests you have, you are likely to find someone on the Indiana faculty who shares and can help guide you in those interests.

We have a tradition of close collaboration between faculty and students. If you look at recent issues of major sociology journals, you will see that many of our students co-author articles with faculty members. At Indiana, students do not just learn sociology through formal coursework, but also through active participation in research with one another and with faculty. Moreover, our graduate students are well prepared for careers in teaching as well as research. Most begin working as teaching assistants for faculty members and then are trained to teach their own courses. Our outstanding preparation of future teachers has been recognized by the American Sociological Association, which awarded us an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. We are the only top-ranked research department to receive this prestigious teaching award.

You can find more information about the application process and about the graduate program here, or through the tab for the Graduate Program on the Sociology home page. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Secretary, Samantha Allen (socgrad@indiana.edu), or at 812-855-2924 or the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Ethan Michelson (socdgs@indiana.edu), or 812-856-1521.

Please also read the welcome letter for new graduate students from the President of the Graduate Student Association.