Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies

Pictured above (left to right):Row One, Dr. Robert Buehner, Dr. Gary Lilly
Row Two, Dr. Kristenne Robison, Dr. Rena Zito, Mary Pitman (department secretary), Dr. Kristin Park

Hardball with Chris Matthews: Recapping the first week of the Sandusky trial

Robert Buehner, Jr. (interviewed in this clip) is a Westminster alumnus and Trustee. Dr. Buehner was the former D.A. for Montour County and will serve as an instructor in the Criminal Justice program this fall.

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Department Information

Westminster's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies is a lively place. The faculty pride ourselves on our quality teaching. Our classes use a variety of pedagogies that include experiential and service learning, field trips, guest speakers and role plays and simulations, on top of general class discussions. We offer a wide range of courses across both Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies. Beyond the foundational courses, Sociology electives include the Sociology of Gender, Minority-Majority Relations, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Disability, Cultural Anthropology, Religion and Society, Medical Sociology and Social Change. Majors in Criminal Justice Studies gain a strong foundation in Sociology while focusing their elective courses in criminal justice studies. CJS courses are also open to Sociology students and include Deviance, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology and Sociology of Law, as well as an internship in the criminal justice field. The department's faculty are also scholars who present and publish our work at professional conferences and in academic journals and books.

Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies majors engage in significant research through the two semester Capstone courses taken spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. The Capstone classes shares a common sociological theme which students incorporate but they also have significant freedom in choosing their particular topic and methodologies. Some students have presented their research at Westminster's Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, at the yearly meeting of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research or at regional or national Sociological conferences.

Major/Minor in Sociology

Major/Minor in Criminal Justice Studies

Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Courses

Recent Career, Graduate School and Internship Experiences of Sociology, Sociology-Criminal Justice, Sociology-Social Policy and Intercultural Studies Majors

Mission Statement -- Sociology Program

The mission of the Sociology program at Westminster is to help students understand and practice the scientific study of human behavior as it is interpreted and experienced in groups. The systematic approach that sociology requires liberates students from individualistic and provincial mindsets and helps them to understand themselves and their society in new ways. Thus the sociological perspective is profoundly transformative. Our enterprise contributes to the larger vision and goals of the liberal arts with its emphasis on logical reasoning, critical reflection, clear written and oral communication, skilled group work, appreciation of pluralism and diversity, application of knowledge to solving social problems and cultivation of identity as both a local and global citizen. We achieve these learning goals using a variety of pedagogies focused on active engagement inside the classroom and in the larger society. As active scholars ourselves we enjoy modeling the process of discovery as we guide students in experiencing its satisfactions.


Westminster College Earth Week Activities Announced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Earth Week celebration will include activities through the end of April. All events listed are free and open to the community.

Westminster College Sociology/Criminal Justice Major Receives PennACE Award
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College senior sociology/criminal justice major Tricia Johnston recently received the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Liberal Arts Award.
Westminster College Students and Professors Present Research at The American Society of Criminology Conference
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two Westminster students and two professors presented research at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference Nov. 21 in Atlanta.

Alex Scull Joins Westminster College as Major Gifts Officer
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Alex Scull has joined Westminster College as a major gifts officer to support the ongoing Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College.
Westminster College Faculty Attend Conference in Israel
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Tina Keller, Westminster College lecturer of education, and Dr. Rena Cornell Zito, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, attended Bridges: An Israeli-American Faculty Collaboration Conference in May at Western Galilee College in Akko, Israel.

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