Criminology & Justice Studies Major

Study how society heals, then take action

Wood block style illustration of a fist held up in resistance to oppression

The criminal justice system is one of the largest, most diverse, and fastest-growing job markets.

FLC's Criminology & Justice Studies major features a path for students passionate about community building and restorative justice. You’ll have access to real-world work experiences in local, state, federal, and tribal justice systems around the Four Corners.


Ben Waddell, Associate Professor of Sociology & Human Services

"Studying Criminology & Justice Studies at FLC allows students the opportunity to explore the social factors that lead to crime, allowing our graduates to contribute to actual reductions in criminal behavior."

The Sociology Department Block Internship Program

What is the program?

Earn 15 credits with this mandatory internship program. This program culminates in a research project that lets you:

  • Try out a job you might like in the future.
  • Use what you learn in class in the real world.
  • Learn new skills to help your community.

A faculty mentor will guide you, ensuring your learning is relevant and rewarding.

How do I choose?

You’re matched with an organization in the Four Corners region whose harm and healing mission aligns with your interests.

The Sociology Department has long-term partnerships with the Durango Police Department, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, La Plata Youth Services, and many others.

How do I register?

Meet with the Block Coordinator the semester BEFORE you plan to register. 

The Block Coordinator will help you find an internship for the next semester and give you special permission for the following courses: SOC 315, 316, 320, 495. 

Block Coordinator: Becky Clausen, Jones Hall 124.