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Rebecca Clausen, Sociology, teaching class in the amphitheater

Our Sociology & Human Services department offers courses that examine the complexities of our contemporary multicultural society and the social justice issues we collectively face. The department offers three programs with majors and minors: 

  • Sociology & Human Services 
  • Criminology & Justice Studies 
  • Borders & Languages 

Sociology & Human Services 

Through coursework in Sociology & Human Services, you’ll look at relationships between social structure, ecology, and the individual; you’ll explore the ways that historical processes shape everyday life, and how people’s unique identities are influenced by society’s values and beliefs. Read more about Sociology & Human Services.

Criminology & Justice Studies 

Choosing Criminology & Justice Studies as a major, you’ll discover the ways that our society manages harm and healing. You’ll learn about the laws that establish what is legal and illegal, and about the social factors associated with criminal incidence rates. You’ll explore psychology and forensics, as well as alternative systems of restorative justice.  Read more about Criminology & Justice Studies.

Borders & Languages 

Through coursework in Borders and Languages, you will achieve proficiency in another language as well as understanding how borders influence politics, society, culture, and ecology.  You will learn of the specific issues related to the immigrant experience in the United States as well as the linguistic tools to negotiate these problems. Read more about Borders & Languages.