General Sociology Beyond the Classroom

Internship in Teaching Sociology

Qualifying students will be mentored in effective teaching techniques and will gain teaching experience by presenting brief, supervised in-class lectures, leading supplemental instruction sessions to help students prepare for examinations, tutoring at-risk students, and holding regular office hours.


Student will benefit from a variety of research opportunities that are either individual or faculty-led. Students also have the opportunity to participate in many local, state, national, and international research conferences.

Hands-on, original research

Majors complete an original research study and present their findings at regional and national undergraduate conferences, including the Undergraduate Research Conference at Butler University, Gerontological Society of America, and the Midwest Sociological Society. Many students have been published.

Faculty-led research

Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty to assist them in their own research. For example, Dr. Mari Plikuhn draws from a diversity of topics within family sociology. However, the main foci of her research follow two distinct paths: 1) first-generation college students and the role of family in determining academic outcomes; and 2) fertility, infertility, perinatal loss, and childlessness across the life course. Her main research interest outside of family sociology is in the scholarship of teaching and learning.