Sociology and Criminal Justice

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. This Department offers two bachelor's degree programs and a master's degree in Criminal Justice, in addition to a minor in Sociology.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology prepares students for direct entry into positions in social research, social services, business, education, the Armed Forces, and administration in corporate and public sectors. Students pursuing other majors may also select the minor in Sociology, which requires only 18 semester credits.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs prepare students for six major fields: juvenile justice, law enforcement, corrections, court procedures, forensic investigation, and criminal justice research. The undergraduate program focuses on providing students with a broad-based liberal arts education. The graduate program includes thesis and non-thesis options and prepares students for entry into various criminal justice careers, as well as entry into doctoral programs.

We are a vibrant Department with an extremely supportive faculty and staff dedicated to student success and growth. Our faculty maintain active research and publication in the areas of race and racism, popular culture, immigration and migration related crimes including human trafficking, social injustice, social stratification, theory, gender, and women’s studies.

Like the other departments or units in this illustrious University, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice takes our role as “The Opportunity” Institution very seriously. Therefore, from freshman year through graduation, we provide useful advising and guidance to our students to promote on time graduation and enrollment in classes that are geared towards the satisfaction of their degree or minor requirements. We offer internship opportunities in addition to other external student engagement activities through service learning and volunteering.

Both sociology and criminal justice are disciplines that provide numerous professional and academic opportunities for our graduates. Many of our graduates have proceeded to pursue further studies in some aspects of sociology, criminal justice, or law. Some of them are in academia, while others work in service provision, homeland security, criminal investigation, or law.

Please visit the respective programs below for additional program information