Christopher Wetzel, Chairperson
The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers majors and minors in Sociology and in Criminology.
The Department offers a program in the liberal arts tradition to provide students with a deeper understanding of the social forces and dynamic changes affecting both contemporary society and personal lives. To this end, the Department emphasizes an analysis of social and behavioral patterns that underlie communal life in the United States and globally. Dedicated to both the social scientific as well as the humanistic traditions, faculty work with students to teach such important skills as systematic observation, critical thinking, statistical sophistication, and the variety of possible explanations for a better understanding of our world as well as of ourselves.
The Sociology and Criminology majors also provide a foundation for careers in many fields, such as social service and human resources, criminal justice and the law, research in public and private agencies, and preparation for graduate work in sociology, criminology, law, social work and related areas. To accomplish these goals, the Department offers three concentrations in Sociology: (1) General Sociology (major or minor), (2) Youth and Family Services, and (3) Social Research, as well as a major or minor in Criminology.