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Department of Sociology and Criminology

Sociology is the study of social human behavior, particularly the way people interact, organize and take action. The discipline provides students with a strong analytical and theoretical background and skills to work with and understand people.

One of the major areas of study within the discipline of sociology is criminology. Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior. Criminology examines the cause, extent, and types of crime in society, as well as prevention.

Programs of Study

Learn more about our Programs of Study, including our specialized concentrations in Criminology; Diversity Justice and Social Change; Social Work, Community and Health; Forensic Behavioral Studies and our 3/2 Programs.

Programs of Study

John Carroll offers a major and minor in sociology and criminology. Studying sociology will expose you to theoretical insights about human behavior, and teach you critical analytical thinking and skills to work with, and help understand, people. You’ll learn about ways people interact, organize, and act as families, cities, societies, cultures, ethnic/racial groups, social class, religions, businesses, and many other types of groups.

Undergraduate

Major
B.S./B.A. MSSA 3/2 Program: JCU and CWRU

Acquire a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) in social work in five years via the 3/2 program with John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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Sociology & Criminology

As a sociology and criminology major, you can tailor your studies to prepare for a variety of career paths as well as graduate and professional school.

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Minor
Sociology & Criminology

Enhance your understanding of social human behavior and develop critical thinking abilities that will prove valuable, no matter your major.

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Concentration/Option
Criminology

If you are interested in crime, forensics, law, police work and justice, this concentration is for you.

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Diversity, Justice & Social Change

This concentration is for those considering a career in a multicultural setting or graduate study in comparative sociology, ethnic studies, international studies, law, counseling, peace/human rights, or social work.

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Forensic Behavioral Studies

If you're interested in forensics, law enforcement and criminal justice, this concentration is for you.

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Social Work, Community and Health

If you're interested in social work, nonprofit administration, counseling, community development, public health, public policy, law, or advocacy, this concentration is for you.

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Graduate

Master's
Fifth Year M.A. in Nonprofit Administration

You can complete a B.A. or B.S. in any major and a Masters of Nonprofit Administration within a five-year time frame.

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Department Highlights

JCU Students at Lecture 2015 (provided to Ed Hahnenberg by university photographer)
What You'll Learn

As a sociology student, you’ll take courses in the foundations of sociology and research methods. You’ll also explore contemporary social issues such as: crime, drugs and violence, juvenile delinquency, poverty, aging, health and illness, prejudice and discrimination, social justice and inequalities, the environment, and sexuality and gender, both within the U.S. and internationally.

Concentrations

Depending on your career interests, you can choose to focus your studies in specialized concentrations in criminology, diversity & justice, social work, community & health, and Forensic Behaviors. 

Internships

Many of our students complete internships to gain professional experience in a variety of fields. Our students have completed internships in over 75 nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area. Internships are available to seniors in their spring semester, and students are matched to an internship site based upon their career interests.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Sociology and Criminology majors and minors often participate in Interdisciplinary minors such as: