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Department of Sociology & Criminology

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Department of Sociology & Criminology

Welcome to Sociology and Criminology!

Students in Sociology and Criminology can expect to develop the insights of the sociological perspective as they become familiar with continuing research and theoretical analysis of the social world. They learn how to better understand the structures and patterns upon which everyday life rests, to understand the interplay between individual choices and social constraint, to interpret events from multiple perspectives, and to examine social arrangements critically. They learn how to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

Work with Leading Faculty

We are a small, active faculty who publish award-winning monographs as well as articles in the top journals of our field. We are committed to the public good and our scholarship is used to inform national and local policy debate.

Get Personal Attention

Our classes are small. Faculty-student partnerships are key to our successful program.  

Recent Events

2017 AKD initiates (Ajelet Mor, Bela Schuler, Savannah Barry, Nadine Cutler, Andrew Pham, Julie Gunderson, Nate Zeile, Devin Dalager)The Department of Sociology and Criminology held its annual year-end recognition ceremony on Friday, June 9. At this ceremony, we formally initiated 8 students into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society [Savannah Barry, Nadine Cutler, Devin Dalager, Julie Gunderson, Ajelet Mor, Andrew Pham, Bela Schuler, Nathaniel Zeile]. We also recognized 4 students for completing the requirements for Distinction in the Major [Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell (criminology), Kristen Kennedy (sociology), Ani Rshtouni (criminology), Bela Schuler (criminology)], as well as our 2017 departmental award winners [Bela Schuler--OMNI Award; Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell--Key Award; and Kristen Kennedy--Moore Award]. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon with family, friends, and department faculty and staff.  [recognition photos and stories]  2017 Department award winners: Bela Schuler, Kristen Kennedy, Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell