The department provides two programs of study leading to bachelor degrees: Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. The courses taught by departmental faculty are also foundational to many of Westminster’s interdisciplinary majors, such as International Studies.
Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior as interpreted and experienced in groups. These groups range from face-to-face interactions to institutions, and include the family, religious communities, and health care to indigenous, developing and post-industrial societies embedded in globalization processes.
The Criminal Justice Studies major provides a sociology foundation with electives and an internship in various areas of criminology and criminal justice. Students learn about theories of the causes of crime, examine empirical data and understand and critically evaluate public opinion around, and the policies and institutions of, the criminal justice system.
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