Sociology & Human Services

Rebecca Clausen, Sociology, teaching class in the amphitheater

Why Study Sociology and Human Services

Sociology seeks to explore how our individual and collective biographies intersect history within society. The relationships between social structure and individual consciousness, historical processes and everyday life,  and collective interests and individual prerogatives provide the sociological substance by which we become self-conscious. It is through the study of sociology that we learn how our lives and ideas are shaped by the larger social world. Additionally, sociology helps us recognize how we participate in the construction of the social world. In order to cultivate critical consciousness and active participation in processes of development and change in society, the Sociology and Human Services curriculum is organized to facilitate the integration of theory (reflection) and practice (action).

The Fort Lewis College Department of Sociology is unique among sociology departments nationally because all our teachers strategically and deliberately foster a liberatory educational experience grounded in social justice/social activism. This empowering, active, reflective approach nurtures the mind, body, soul, and collective.

Why Study Criminology and Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is one of the largest, most diverse, and fastest growing job markets. The criminal justice career path is rooted in addressing harms and healing in society. Criminology has a diversity of careers, such as:

Probation officer, law enforcement agent, rehabilitation counselor, youth mentor, therapist, judge, lawyer, safety resource officer, case manager, detective, private investigator, crime scene investigator, lobbyist, wildlife ranger, tribal police officer, nonprofit administrator, sexual assault prevention agency coordinator, summer camp director, and community youth event planner.

The criminology program at Fort Lewis College offers specialized internships, tours in secure facilities, volunteer opportunities in detention facilities/jails/prisons, and publishing and presenting opportunities.

Program options and requirements

Collaborative Sociology/Criminology Minors