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Sociology & Criminal Justice

  • The MSUM Sociology and Criminal Justice Department offers programs in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Gerontology that cover an array of topics related to the study of society, the criminal justice system and human aging.

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  • Benefits an MSUM Sociology & Criminal Justice Department Degree
    Gain hands-on experience through ample service learning and internship opportunities under the direction of MSUM’s dedicated, experienced faculty. Fargo-Moorhead boasts a wide variety of voluntary organizations and service providers to provide you with valuable, hands-on learning.
    Diverse faculty members share their excellent theoretical backgrounds and practical experience in their lessons, giving you an authentic perspective on a variety of social topics.
    Comprehensive curriculum allows you to develop a broad knowledge base on social topics including religion, class, race, sexual behavior, crime, social deviance, aging, healthcare, family, social movements, gender and politics.
    MSUM’s Juvenile Justice minor is one of the only programs in the United States where you’ll learn prevention and intervention strategies for dealing with at-risk youth and juvenile delinquents.
    Interdisciplinary curriculum makes it easy for you to double-major without adding significant time to your academic career. Popular second majors include Social Work, Health Services Administration and Psychology.
    Learning Communities at MSUM provide outstanding opportunities to increase your academic success.
  • Sociology & Criminal Justice Deparment News
    • Drs. Kramar, Branden publish article with student co-authors
      Dr. David Kramar of the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, and the Center for Geospatial Studies, and Dr. Karen […]
    • Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Sociology students receive academic awards
      On Thursday, May 4, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted nine students into one of […]
    • Faculty in the School of Social Work Presented at International Council on Active Aging Conference
      Nandita Bezabruah, School of Social Work, presented at the International Council on Active Aging Conference on 18 November at Orlando, Florida. […]
    • Gerontology Program Earns Ranking Among Top 20 Great Value Colleges for Gerontology 2016-2017
      MSUM has been identified as a great value college for Gerontology in a recent ranking by Great Value Colleges. Of […]
    • Community Outreach Looking for Faculty, Student Volunteers
      On Friday, Nov. 4 there will be 120 8th graders on campus from Detroit Lakes, Minn. These students will be […]
    • 3 Alumni Sworn in as Moorhead Police Officers
      MSUM alumni A.J. Schlee, Andy Werk and Taylor Huss were sworn in as the Moorhead Police Department’s newest officers on […]
    • Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute Awarded $5,000 Grant
      The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women’s) Leadership Development Institute, coordinated by Dr. Deborah White, Sociology, was recently awarded a […]
    • Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Sociology Students Inducted into National Honor Societies May 5
      On Thursday, May 5, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted 17 students into one of […]
    • Gerontology Students, Faculty Attend Minnesota Gerontological Society Conference
      Gerontology students Amy Bechtle, Jessica Boonstra, Merianne Bott, Ana Brakel, Beau Cummings, Mayu Ishikawa, and Keren Mabisi, along with Gerontology […]
    • Jessica Hausauer wins SAGE Teaching Innovations award
      Jessica Hausauer, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was recently awarded a prestigious SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award […]
    • MSUM professors selected as panelists at Building Bridges Conference
      Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan and Dr. Katie Richardson Jens (Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice) along with Fargo Police Cultural Liaison […]
    • Dr. Deborah White named president of MSS
      Dr. Deborah White, Sociology and Criminal Justice, began her term as president of the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS). The MSS […]
    • Shawn Ginther and Sue Humphers-Ginther to serve as co-managing editors of CRSW
      Shawn Ginther (Social Work) and Sue Humphers-Ginther (Sociology and Criminal Justice) have been invited and agreed to serve as co-managing […]
    • Overcoming Obstacles
      How one MSUM student defied all odds to graduate By Nate Gilbraith, MSUM Marketing Intern The alarmingly high dropout rate […]
    • MSUM alumnus, Troy White, presenting at “How to Survive: A Conversation” this weekend
      Troy White, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1996, is a featured presenter for this weekend’s “How to Survive: A […]
    • Criminal Justice, Gerontology, and Sociology Students Inducted into National Honor Societies on May 7
      On Thursday, May 7, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted 25 students into one of […]
    • Pres. Anne sponsors 7 student relay teams
      Show your Dragon pride at viewing party Viewing party Volunteer sign up Let us know you’re running Register for College […]
    • Criminal Justice Association hosting guest speaker March 24
      The Criminal Justice Association is hosting a guest speaker on 3/24/15 from 3:30-5PM. Mike Schommer (2012 MN Department of Corrections […]
    • Commencement is today at 1 p.m.
      Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall […]
    • Katie Richardson Jens was a guest speaker at the pilot session of GROUP THINK
      Dr. Katie Richardson Jens, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was a guest […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    Students who earn a Sociology & Criminal Justice degree from MSU Moorhead are at an advantage when entering the workforce.
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    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM Sociology & Criminal Justice students gain valuable real-world experience beyond the classroom when you join student organizations, land meaningful internships and more.

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  • Examine Gerontology
    Study aging through hands-on experiences
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    Understand yourself in the context of the world
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