Sociology Student Opportunities

“Luck favors the prepared,’ as the saying goes. Likewise, opportunities are most often found by those who search. The sociology department prepares students for life outside college and teaches them to find opportunities by inviting practitioners into classrooms, taking students on trips, and via internships. Sociology faculty encourage students to maximize their learning, on and off campus.


Sociology has a long history of using cities as field sites. Sociology students tour jails, prisons, detention centers, and other correctional sites. Students have also visited social justice programs in Memphis Tennessee, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, and venues in other cities. Downtown Indianapolis is less than 20 miles from campus. Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis are within a morning’s drive. Indeed, half of the population of the US lives within one day’s drive of campus. Franklin is a small college with incredible access to big cities that the sociology department  exploits.


  • 24/7 Club Fit
  • Adult and Child
  • Beech Grove Police Department
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Break-O-Day Elementary/Sawmill Woods Elementary
  • Children’s Bureau
  • Christy Ventures
  • City of Franklin – Police Department
  • Damar Services, Inc.
  • Eskenazi Hospital
  • Expert Eye Care
  • Franklin Community High School
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Girls Incorporated of Franklin
  • GNC
  • Horizon House
  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  • INSPIRE – Franklin College
  • Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc.
  • Johnson Co. Superior Court #3
  • Johnson County Adult Probation
  • Johnson County Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Johnson County CASA Program
  • Johnson County Community Corrections
  • Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Joseph Maley Foundation
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Law Resource Center
  • Lawrence Superior Court 1
  • Louisville Police Department
  • Marion County Probation
  • Noble of Indiana
  • Northwood Elementary School
  • O’Bannon Woods State Park
  • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
  • Ripley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shelby Circuit Court
  • Shepherd Community
  • The Orchard School
  • Under Armour
  • Union Elementary School
  • Wheeler Mission
  • White County Sherriff’s Department
  • Whiteland Police Department
  • Winona Lake Police Department
  • Youth Connections

Practical Experiences

  • Study away opportunities (various locations, domestic and international)
  • Become a member of Alpha Kappa Delta – sociology honor society
  • Interact with guest speakers sponsored by the department of sociology
  • Service learning projects built into several sociology courses
  • Engage in independent studies with faculty supervisors
  • Class tours of Indiana jails, prisons, and museums

Graduate and Law School Acceptances

  • University of Georgia
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington (now the Maurer School of Law)