The Department of Sociology offers a wide variety of courses in sociology and criminal justice. Courses help students understand the unique approaches to human behavior of these disciplines, while complementing and strengthening a liberal arts education. Courses within the department prepare students for graduate school and professional degree programs in law, medicine, criminal justice, social work, public health, and other fields as well as careers in such areas as human services, marketing, public administration, and human resources. The critical thinking and communication skills students develop can be applied in many sectors of employment including nonprofits, government, and business.
Through the sociology major and minor, students gain an understanding of the social world and how to bring about social change. Sociology students learn about important sociological concepts such as racial, gender and social class inequality, the influence of culture and social structure on individual and group behavior, globalization, and social institutions including religion, medicine, and the family. Students receive a strong foundation in sociological theory, research methods, and data analysis. Sociology courses provide students with the tools necessary for a scientific understanding of social forces and how they impact our lives.
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The major and minor in criminal justice major and minor in criminal justice helps students learn about criminal law, law enforcement, judicial processes, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. Courses are grounded in social theory and research, yet provide a distinctive and very helpful interdisciplinary approach to criminal behavior, the relationship between crime and society, and ways to most effectively address this social problem.