Chair: John Porter Lillis
Faculty: Yawo Bessa, Calvina Ellerbe, Jessica Godsey, Kristin Godwin, Matthew R. Hassett, E. Brooke Kelly, Renee Lamphere, Robert McDonnell, Ottis Murray, Lauren Norman, Mario Paparozzi, Sam Pearson, Abigail Reiter, E. Miranda Reiter, James W. Robinson, Robert Michael Spivey, Tracy Vargas
The purpose of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is to provide students with classroom and real-life experiences designed to stimulate critical thought about the social environment and to prepare students for meaningful participation in society.
The Department offers both a major and an academic concentration in Sociology and a major in Criminal Justice. In addition, minors are available in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Substance Abuse, Medical Sociology, International Sociology, Gender Studies, and Community Development.
The Department places emphasis on applied sociology and criminal justice. Many courses within the department allow students to test classroom learning through real-life experience (field-work placement) in the community. Such experiences enhance students' employment opportunities following graduation.
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice strongly recommends that prospective majors, minors, and those developing specialty concentrations consult the Department Chair.
Graduate Courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology
The department participates in the Concentration in Criminal Justice of the Master's of Public Administration program. Undergraduate enrollment for graduate courses is permitted for some seniors subject to the policies of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. See the Graduate Programs section of this catalog for those policies and a description of the MPA program and courses.
See the Graduate Programs section of this catalog for a description of graduate Sociology courses offered as electives for the M.A. and M.A.T. in Social Studies Education.
CoursesCriminal JusticeSpecial Topics in Criminal JusticeSubstance AbuseSociologySpecial Topics in Sociology