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Sociology and Criminal Justice Department

Students who find human behavior interesting, puzzling and worthy of study often choose to major in a sociology related field.

The sociology and criminal justice department prepares students to participate actively and responsibly in their local communities and in society at large. The major offers students the basic knowledge, skills and opportunities to begin graduate school or careers in a variety of fields.

Sociologists study what people do when they do things together, whether they are two people relating to one another as friends or entire nations interacting in a global system. They study the social significance of social class, race, ethnicity and gender discrimination and inequality. They investigate social processes such as deviant behavior, social control and conflict. They use the qualitative and quantitative research tools of sociologists and anthropologists. Social researchers gather empirical data that describe human institutions such as law, religion, education, the family and the health care system. They then formulate theories that understand, interpret and explain those institutions and processes.


SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology
SOCY 228 - Contemporary Global Problems
SOCY 235 - Sociology of Marriages and Families
SOCY 240 - Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequality
SOCY 319 - Social Movements
SOCY 320 - Restorative Justice
SOCY 340 - Social Science Research Methods
SOCY 341 - Statistical Analysis
SOCY 342 - Advanced Research Methods
SOCY 375 - Independent Sociology Study
SOCY 376 - Sociology of Law
SOCY 384 - Geographic Information Systems
SOCY 420 - Social Stratification
SOCY 430 - Sociology of Religion
SOCY 439 - Sociological Theory
SOCY 446 - Crime and Deviant Behavior
SOCY 447 - Theories of Deviant Behavior
SOCY 475 - Independent Sociology Study II
SOCY 490 - Social Research Internship
SOCY 499 - Special Topics


Wendy Brame
Assistant Professor of Sociology; Department Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Scott Fleming
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Elizabeth Keller-Charbonneau
Instructor of Criminal Justice

Related Links

American Sociological Association