College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Sociology is the study of social human behavior, particularly the way people interact, organize, and take action. The discipline provides students with a strong analytical and theoretical background and skills to work with and understand people.

One of the major areas of study within the discipline of sociology is criminology. Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior. Criminology examines the cause, extent, and types of crime in society, as well as crime prevention.

Sociologists study such contemporary social issues as: crime, drugs and violence, juvenile delinquency, poverty, aging, health and illness, prejudice and discrimination, race and ethnicity, social justice and inequalities, the environment, and sexuality and gender, both within the U.S. and internationally.

Learn more about our Programs of Study, including our specialized concentrations in criminology, cultural diversity, human service, health, and social justice, aging studies, and our 3/2 Program.