Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology Majors are taught the basics of human interaction and relationships. They acquire an understanding of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of social behavior. Students gain the necessary tools to investigate and understand a wide range of cultural and social issues in order to make a positive impact on society and the welfare of individuals.
Our sociology-based programs are grounded in three central themes: community, social diversity, and global awareness. Each program reflects an emphasis on the use of social science theory and methods to address challenging social issues while encouraging critical thinking and engagement with our communities and the world. With a strong academic and experiential foundation, our students are well prepared for a wide range of opportunities upon graduation.
To best meet students' varying interests and career goals, we offer several options for their focus of study. Students may elect to complete the following majors: Sociology, Sociology with a Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy, or Criminology. Both Sociology and Criminology offer degree tracks that can be completed in three years.
The Sociology and Criminology department offers two combined majors within our department and two with the psychology department. These combined majors give students the opportunity to specialize in two related fields and are excellent preparation for those considering advanced study and/or careers in areas such as criminology, criminal justice, law, social work, counseling or sociology.
Internships in Sociology, Sociology/Social Work and Criminology are designed to extend learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting. The primary goal is to gain hands-on experience related to academic and career interests while providing career and networking opportunities. Internships are often a key step in becoming familiar with job requirements and obtaining a job upon graduation.