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Sociology and Criminology & Law


Welcome to our department

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law! We are a thriving department with over 1,000 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students. Our faculty are internationally known for their research in the areas of families, gender, and sexualities; health, aging, and the life course; environmental and resource sociology; race and ethnicity; criminology and criminal justice; and psychology and law. We take great pride in the fact that our faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research projects that span nearly of all of the University’s colleges and academic programs, including: the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Water Institute, the Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, the Health Science Center, and the Jewish Studies Center. Wherever you go on campus, you will most likely find at least one Sociologist or Criminologist from our department making major contributions.

Both our faculty and our graduate students have won numerous teaching awards, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty award for teaching and advising; the University award for teaching and advising by faculty members; the Graduate School award for doctoral mentoring; the McKnight Fellows program award for faculty excellence in mentoring; the Service Learning Teacher of the Year; and the Graduate School’s award for excellence in teaching by graduate students. Although we have a large number of majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, we take great pride in the individualized advising and mentoring we provide to our students.

Our faculty members are active researchers publishing scholarly books as well as articles in many of the leading journals in our fields, often in collaboration with graduate students. Many of our faculty are also successful in obtaining external funding for their research. Departmental research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, US AID, and numerous private foundations.

On our web site, you will find detailed information about our undergraduate and graduate program requirements; biographical information about our faculty, students, and staff; and a description of the various projects and research interests in which our members are involved. We invite you to take a closer look. We’ve got a lot to offer!