Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice! 

It is such an honor to lead this growing department of award-winning faculty and students.  With 33 full-time and 20+ part-time faculty, our dedicated faculty teach approximately 4,000 students, including over 1,200 undergraduate sociology and criminal justice majors and 40 criminal justice graduate students.  Using their extensive research and practical experience, our faculty provide student-centered learning experiences that help students develop the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ethical standards needed to have successful careers after they graduate.  Also, our contemporary, innovative curriculum and state-of-the-field experiential learning activities provide our students with the tools they need to address 21st century challenges and opportunities.

To find out more information about our academic programs, I invite you to explore our website where you can review our undergraduate Sociology and Criminal Justice programs, our Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program, and our accelerated Double Owl Criminal Justice program (B.S./M.S. in Criminal Justice).  We also offer several undergraduate minors, including minors in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Gerontology.  Also, please explore our exciting internship opportunities as well as our study abroad programs to Ghana, Germany and the Netherlands, and South Korea and Thailand. 

To find out more information about our faculty, I invite you to explore the faculty profiles and faculty webpages posted on our website.  We have excellent scholars in our department who have received internal and external funding to support their research to examine some of our most pressing 21st century issues.  Specifically, our faculty actively engage in research focused on the full spectrum of crime and criminal justice issues, including criminal law and procedure, criminal offending, policing, sentencing and court outcomes, corrections, offender reentry, crime victimization, violence prevention, and campus safety.  We also have faculty currently examining a wide variety of contemporary social issues, including social inequalities, race and racial identity, gender and sexualities, health disparities, nursing, mental health, family and quality of life, work and organizations, technology and society, religion and politics, environmental sociology, political economy, immigration, transnational sociology, and international conflict management. 

Our criminal justice and sociology faculty are active and accomplished professionals who often mentor and work with our undergraduate and graduate students on research projects and conduct applied research with local, state, and federal agencies.  Our faculty regularly present their research at national and international professional conferences and publish scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.  If you are interested in working with our faculty on their research, please reach out to them directly via email.

All of the work in our department is supported by our amazing front office support staff.  If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to reach out via email or by dropping by the main office in room 4057 of the Social Science Building.