Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology
The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology recently implemented dramatic enhancements that reflect the changing needs of society and of our students. The Quinn Bill-approved Criminal Justice major provides an excellent foundation for career paths that include law enforcement, corrections, probation, and court administration. What makes this program unique is the academic tracks it offers focus on three key growth areas in contemporary criminal justice: Crime and Society, Criminal Investigation, and Terrorism and Homeland Security. This program remains among the most popular offered by the institution at the undergraduate level. Furthermore, it has developed a national reputation for excellence in its field.
The Law and Society major is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the origins, institutional frameworks, cultural developments, and theoretical foundations of law and justice.
The Sociology major has also continued to develop new areas of study and to continue ties to Criminal Justice. We now offer courses that deal with issues of immediate relevance to students, such as Sociology of the Media and Comparative Societies, an upper level course that introduces students to the complex process of understanding and navigating cultures other than our own. We also work closely with the Department of Education. It is very gratifying to see the number of Sociology majors who now go on to careers in teaching and educational administration.