The Sociology & Criminal Justice Department offers undergraduate major programs in sociology, criminal justice, and gerontology, as well as minor programs in sociology and gerontology.Our faculty value excellence in teaching and are committed to working with students both in and out of the classroom. Students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects. We are proud of the accomplishments of our faculty and students. Students regularly present on scholarly work at local and regional academic conferences. Our faculty have received University awards and other recognition for their teaching, research, and academic service.
Sociology is the scientific study of society. Sociologists examine social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. We seek to better understand the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.
The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary examination of the entire criminal justice system – law, the courts, prisons – as well as an examination of issues the criminal justice system addresses – drugs, terrorism, juvenile delinquency and policy. The major can be pursued as career preparation in law enforcement, corrections, as well as law.
Gerontology is the study of human aging as individuals grow from middle age through later life. It is a multidisciplinary field that integrates knowledge from sociology, biology, and psychology, as well as other disciplines such as economics and public policy. The study of aging includes social, physical, and mental changes in people as they age, the changes in society that result from population aging, and the application of knowledge about aging to public policies and programs.
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