Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology
About the Department
The four programs in the Department, which include Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, and Gender & Sexuality Studies are interconnected. The Department contributes to the mission of the College of Arts and Letters by encouraging collaboration with other departments and programs within the College.
The Department concentrates on research, theory, and service in regard to the community. The community plays a pivotal role in the life of individuals and it serves as a platform from which to study health and illness, diversity and social hierarchies, and criminology. The focus on community issues enables us to showcase the usefulness of sociology at the graduate and undergraduate levels; to create a niche for social work, particularly in the areas of child welfare, gerontology, and sexual diversity; and to find a pivotal role for criminology by emphasizing rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community.