Sociology & Criminal Justice Learning Opportunities

  • MSUM's Sociology & Criminal Justice students are highly active outside the classroom through the Criminal Justice Association, Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, which provide unique forums to discuss topics related to their study and participate in student group events.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Sociology Honor Society, seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in the study of sociology, the research of social problems and other social and intellectual activities to help improve the human condition. Membership is open to undergraduate sociology majors of junior standing or above, who rank in the top 35 percent for their class or have at least a 3.5 overall GPA.

    Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate Criminal Justice majors who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, are nominated by faculty and are in the top 35 percent of their class. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity.

    You and your classmates may have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led trips to conferences, including the Minnesota Gerontological Society Annual Conference and the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference.

    MSUM’s Gamma Eta Rho Omega chapter of the national academic honor society in gerontology, Sigma Phi Omega, recognizes excellence of those who study gerontology and aging. The chapter serves as a link between students and the Fargo-Moorhead community in order to promote interaction, sharing of concerns, discussion of issues, and service activities.

    Membership is open to undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Gerontology. You must be in at least your second term of enrollment with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Contact faculty advisor Dr. Sue Humphers-Ginther at humphers@mnstate.edu for more information.

    Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to join MSUM’s Criminal Justice Association, a student-run organization focusing on criminal justice in today’s world. The group discusses topics with experts from various organizations to give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and gain insight on current criminal justice issues.

    Students often work with local police departments, social service agencies, probation officers, district courts and other agencies to earn internship credits for their degree. Some of the agencies students have worked with in the past include:

    • Cass County Juvenile Court
    • Fargo Police Department
    • Moorhead Police Department
    • U.S. Marshal Service
    • Lutheran Social Services Restorative Justice Program
    • Elder Abuse Program
    • Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
    • Clay County Domestic Violence Court

    The Law Enforcement Skills program at Alexandria Technical and Community College is designed to give prospective peace officers hands-on skill training necessary to qualify for licensure in Minnesota. You’ll be eligible to attend after completing your Criminal Justice degree from MSUM, which is a Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified program.

    You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in the field under the direction of MSUM faculty and community professionals. Fargo-Moorhead is home to a wide variety of volunteer organizations and service providers to give you valuable, hands-on learning while still in school.

    Sociology Club gives students interested in sociology an opportunity to gather and discuss important topics, movies and books related to sociology. As part of the club, you’ll be able to attend regional sociology meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society. For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Lee Vigilant at vigilant@mnstate.edu.

    While internships aren’t required as part of the sociology program, they’re a great way to gain hands-on experience in the field prior to graduation. Up to 12 internship credits are available in sociology, however these credits cannot be applied to the major requirements.

    Are you interested in exploring new cultures while furthering your education? Studying abroad with your peers and professors takes education to a whole new level, opening your eyes to fresh experiences and allowing you to further your education somewhere you might have never considered traveling. See how Restorative Justice works in Norway or Ireland, among other destinations. Contact Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan (sloan@mnstate.edu) for more information.