Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice is a multidisciplinary department, consisting of four academic programs: sociology, anthropology, social work, and criminal justice. Each has its own unique mission and faculty. The common general mission of the four programs is to provide high-quality education, offering baccalaureate degrees in sociology, social work, and criminal justice, as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice, and a minor in anthropology. There are several strengths of the department that are noteworthy. The sociology program offers majors unique skills in research methods and data analysis that equip them to acquire data, test hypotheses, conduct analyses, evaluate information, and assess organizational or societal needs. The criminal justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, positions in the criminal justice system, and law school. The social work program prepares students for entry level professional social work practice. Our faculty work closely with area social service agencies; faculty provide training to these agencies and social work students are placed through internships as a part of their degree. The social work program received a new accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education just last year. Overall, the 14 full-time faculty in the department are very productive in research and scholarship despite heavy teaching loads. Collectively, we have published 11 books and 109 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters in edited volumes.
The faculty in Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice have earned doctorates in a wide range of specializations within broad areas of their respective disciplines. The faculty’s expertise is augmented by involvement in scholarly research, publication, and grant writing.
Students graduating with a degree in Sociology have established careers in law, public health, education, government, urban planning, human resources, public relations, management, politics, media, human rights organizations, environmental advocacy groups and other non-profit organizations. Students graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice find careers in law, law enforcement, corrections, court staff, and other positions in the criminal justice system. Students graduating with a degree in Social Work find careers in a wide range of social service agencies covering foster care, child protection, adult services, services for elderly, mental health, counseling, hospice, and other service-related areas.