Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology
The four programs in the Department are interconnected. The Department contributes to the
mission of the College of Arts and Letters by encouraging collaboration with other departments and
programs within the College. The Department concentrates on research, theory, and service in regard
to the community. The community plays a pivotal role in the life of individuals and it serves as a
platform from which to study health and illness, diversity and social hierarchies, and criminology.
The focus on community issues enables us to showcase the usefulness of sociology at the graduate and
undergraduate levels; to create a niche for social work, particularly in the areas of child welfare,
gerontology, and sexual diversity; and to find a pivotal role for criminology by emphasizing
rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community.