One Department, Three Programs: Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology
As of Fall 2015, the department now offers both majors and minors in all three disciplines.
We are a dynamic community of faculty, staff, and students. All of us interact in a myriad of situations and settings with people throughout our lives. We both influence and are influenced on a variety of levels by this social world. Our mission is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools to examine the social world using a host of theoretical and methodological approaches. Whether you want to make a difference in your community through service or activism, gain skills to enter a career field, or pursue graduate studies, the study of sociology, criminology and/or anthropology will give you the opportunities and tools to understand your world better.
With a bachelor's degree in sociology, criminology and/or anthropology students receive an excellent liberal arts foundation. Our students have followed their passions in a variety of graduate programs, including sociology, counseling, criminal justice, law, public administration, social work, and physical therapy. And they have gone on to build careers in such fields as geriatrics, hospital administration, human services, policing, sales, and social research.
Moreover, the Department offers a range of opportunities for students to explore life choices and apply their course work beyond the classroom. For example, students receive hands-on experience in a community organization of their choice through our Internship class. Students may immerse themselves in another culture through our Travel Seminar classes, which include experiences in such places as Belize and Honduras. Additionally, faculty members help students develop practical technological skills through the use of Blackboard, SPSS, and other computer applications. Finally, for the highly motivated student, we supervise individual research projects through the Selected Problems courses.
Please look through our web page to learn more about the department. Feel free to contact me or any of the faculty if you have any questions. We would love to spend some time with you discussing the program and what it can offer!