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.
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.
MSUM professor, Dille lecturer Joel Powell Dahlquist to speak on ‘Police Violence and the Puzzle of Compliance’Wednesday, Oct. 12 | 4:15 p.m. | Langseth Hall 118 Joel Powell Dahlquist, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will present a free public lecture titled “Police Violence and the Puzzle of Compliance” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4:15 p.m. in MSUM’s Langseth Hall room 118. Dahlquist’s presentation is an honor given as the […]
MSUM opens applications for new graduate program in Criminal JusticeMinnesota State University Moorhead is now accepting applications for its new master of arts in criminal justice. The first cohort will start classes in spring 2023. Market demand and a solid foundation in its well-established undergraduate criminal justice program prompted the addition of the new graduate degree. It will be offered through Online Plus, meaning students can choose classes in […]
Dr. Jan Fiola, retired Professor of Sociology, passes awayJan Fiola, Professor of Sociology at MSUM from 1996 – 2010, passed away on May 15, 2021, after a long illness. Dr. Fiola taught a variety of courses including Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations, Introduction to Sociology, Latin American Issues, Population, Social Movements, and Urban Sociology. She also organized study abroad trips to Peru and Brazil. An obituary is attached.
Shark Tank Open Grant Brings Artificial Intelligence Course to Criminal JusticeDr. Katie Richardson Jens, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and two colleagues from the Department of Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Drs. Lindsey Vigesaa and Mary Clifford, were awarded a Minnesota State Shark Tank Open grant of $23,272 for their project: “Interdisciplinary Applications of Artificial Intelligence Emphasizing Public Safety: A Multi Campus Collaboration to Develop and […]
Dr. Vigilant and Students Publish Research in Peer-Reviewed JournalLee Garth Vigilant (Sociology & Criminal Justice), Ashley Heitkamp (Sociology ’19), and Amanda Heitkamp (Sociology ’17) have published in the peer-reviewed journal Sociological Inquiry. Their article, “If it does turn out to be herpes, try not to stress too much: The Contours of Emotional Support and Peer Diagnosis in an Online Sexual Health Community,” reports findings from a study of […]
MSUM Sociology & Criminal Justice students gain valuable real-world experience beyond the classroom when you join student organizations, land meaningful internships and more.