The faculty and staff in the Department of Sociology and Criminology realize that
the transition to college is challenging for both students and their parents. Our
Department is student-centered offering an array of undergraduate courses in small
classroom settings of 25-35 students. Our 400-plus majors and over 100 double majors learn from excellent, experienced, and student-friendly faculty with advanced degrees.
Our highly skilled and friendlystaff offer individualized assistance to our students. Our dedicated and very well-trained
graduate students assist faculty teaching introductory courses but do not independently teach courses
in the department. The success of our students is our core value. Diversity and inclusion
are integral to everything we do.
The department has always been home to faculty who are deeply committed to the success of our undergraduate and graduate students,
engaging them in numerous research opportunities, and preparing students for meaningful
and rewarding careers in a variety of fields including public service, non-profits
and government agencies, law and law enforcement, security, community organizations,
public relations and marketing, business, education, data analysis, market research,
health care and social services, among others. A New York Times article noted that sociology, and in our view criminology as well, is an academic discipline
that “may not have the ear of presidents but may actually do a better job of explaining
what has gone wrong in large swaths of the United States and other advanced nations
in recent years” than other disciplines.
As the professional associations of sociologists and criminologists emphasize, these empiricaldisciplines are core parts of applied sciences, gateways
to meaningful participation in other integrated and interdisciplinary sciences, and
key areas for career communities in social impact and sustainability, big data, leadership, licensed helping professions,
media, and the academy.
Why study Criminology?
With a criminology degree, you will gain an excellent foundation for engaging in and
contributing to crime prevention activities and policies, law enforcement, and the
court system. You will develop marketable skills in research, theory, and data analytics
that include and go beyond an understanding of criminal law, procedures, evidence.
These learning experiences will help you understand the complexities of criminal behavior
and public safety, and familiarize you with the justice system processes and the causes
and consequences of criminal behavior and victimization.
Why study Sociology?
With a sociology degree, you will gain an excellent foundation for successful participation
and engagement in an increasingly diverse and complex world. You will develop marketable
skills in research, theory, and data analytics and applied knowledge related to social
institutions, interactions, cultures, social inequality, and organizations. These
learning experiences will help you enrich your social interactions, and contribute
to your successful performance in non-profit and business organizations and profound
understanding of other people’s experiences while fostering an appreciation for your
Major: Criminal Justice, Sociology and Middle East Studies | Minor: Arabic
"I have always had a passion for the Middle East and public service. I was fortunate
to find a degree plan that satisfied these passions, while graduating on time. I am
looking forward to the endless possibilities that will arise out of my studies.''
BA and MA in Sociology | 2010 | Applied Research Services, Inc.
"It was the UofA faculty’s guidance that led me to define an area of interest, nurtured
quintessential methods and analyses understandings, and provided the opportunity for
my first experiences in conducting studies."