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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
    • It’s almost summer!
      Just kidding! But it's time to plan your Summer 2020 schedule now.
    • Moorhead Police Department on campus seeking job candidates
      March 5 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Lommen Hall Need a part-time, full-time or summer job? Or interested […]
    • Ireland Study Abroad course information sessions
      Drs. Jeremy Carney (Social Work) and Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan (Criminal Justice) are hosting information sessions for the 2020 CJ/SW Ireland Study […]
    • Sociology undergraduates present research at regional conference
      Dr. Lee Garth Vigilant and Sociology majors Amanda Heitkamp and Ashley Heitkamp attended the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Annual Meeting […]
    • Gietzen awarded Minnesota Gerontological Society scholarship
      Luke Gietzen, a senior majoring in both Gerontology and Psychology, has been awarded a highly competitive Gerald Bloedow Scholarship from […]
    • Dr. Hendrix-Sloan, Criminal Justice students tour N.D. prisons
      On April 2, Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan, professor of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Association student officers Erin Slack, Deanna Moen, […]
    • MSUM alumnus speaks at 18th Annual Gerontology Colloquium April 3
      The 18th Annual Gerontology Colloquium took place on April 3. This year’s colloquium featured MSUM graduate Paul Baymler (B.A. Gerontology, […]
    • Dr. Sue Humphers-Ginther named co-chair of the Gerontology Educators Network
      Dr. Sue Humphers-Ginther, along with Dr. Phyllis Greenberg, Gerontology Graduate Program Director at St. Cloud State University, were recently named […]
    • Criminal Justice, Gerontology, and Sociology students inducted into national honor societies on May 3
      On Thursday, May 3, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted 15 students into one of […]
    • Gerontology majors and faculty attend the Minnesota Gerontological Society Conference
      Gerontology majors Abbie Breidenbach, Allyson Grimley, Kailey Jenks, Solveig Mundis, Alesha Petermann, and Andrea Rezac, along with Life Science Education […]
    • 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 […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    Students who earn a Sociology & Criminal Justice degree from MSU Moorhead are at an advantage when entering the workforce.
    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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