Why Study Sociology and Criminology at
The Department of Sociology and Criminology aspires to be a
cornerstone program in the social sciences, emphasizing writing and
critical thinking, analytical skills, experiential learning and an
in-depth understanding of the changing world, including diversity,
multicultural and global issues.
Our majors are distinguished by
- A curriculum that emphasizes the connection between theory and
practice. Students have numerous opportunities to apply what they
have learned in the classroom to "real-world" settings and to
- Majors that culminate in a senior capstone experience. Students
develop and undertake an independent empirical research project in
their senior year in which they demonstrate their mastery of
sociology or criminology. Students present their research findings
at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference or a professional
sociology or criminology meeting.
- An emphasis on social diversity, multicultural and global
issues. Our curriculum introduces students to other cultures and
societies and prepares them for participation in an increasingly
diverse and multicultural world.
- Student participation in internships and service learning
course. Internships in criminal justice, human services, businesses
and community contexts provide students with practical experience
and career opportunities. Service learning courses promote learning
through the active participation of students in their local
- Student engagement in the research process. Students have a
number of research opportunities through the curriculum and through
faculty-student collaboration on research projects and
participation in the honors program.
- A curriculum that prepares students for the job market and for
advanced study. Graduates of the department work in a wide range of
employment fields including human services, social policy agencies,
the criminal justice system, health care and business. Majors also
pursue advanced professional degrees in social work and law, as
well as graduate degrees in sociology, criminology, criminal
justice and other related fields. The department has an average
placement rate for graduates of 90-100% over the last 10
- Numerous student opportunities for engagement beyond the
classroom. The department sponsors a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta,
an international honor society for sociology. The Student Sociology
Association conducts community service projects such as tutoring
disadvantaged youths and collecting food and blankets for the
homeless. The association also sponsors speakers and a career and
graduate school panel each year. Students also participate in the
pre-law professional program.
- A diverse faculty of dedicated teachers and researchers.
Faculty work closely with students and encourage student learning
through experiences and application.