The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers Masters of
Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in both sociology and
criminology. The primary focus of the programs is the preparation of
members of the next generation of sociologists and criminologists by
emphasizing systematic training in theory and research methodology for
careers in public and private sector. The Ph.D. programs in sociology
and criminology are advanced education degrees intended for persons
interested in careers in academia, public service, or private sector.
The department has particular strengths in the following areas:
Disasters and the Environment, Criminology, Deviance, Law & Society,
Health, and Inequality (Race, Class, Gender). The department
prioritizes the professional socialization and development of graduate
students. Beginning with the required, non-credit proseminar for each
new cohort, all graduate students are actively encouraged to work
closely with department faculty, join professional associations, attend
and present work at professional conferences, and establish a
professional identity in both research and teaching. Both the Sociology
and Criminology programs are organized around course work, seminars,
research, teaching opportunities, and other related work in order to
provide students with a wide range of professional experiences.
Goals for Graduate Education:
1. Students will learn to conduct original research and demonstrate skills in academic instruction and service.
2. Students will master the theoretical knowledge and methodological
skills required for their chosen degrees and fields of study.
3. Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in at least two specialized areas within sociology or criminology.
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