Sociology/Criminal Justice Department

Criminal Justice Program

Welcome to the web page of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Scranton. We are glad that you are taking the time to check us out.  Before you proceed, you might want to know more about what is the study of Criminal Justice and what the major can do for you.  Criminal Justice as a major is formally defined as the study of the aggregate of all agencies and actors that perform the criminal justice system functions. The three basic aspects of the criminal justice system that are studied in all criminal justice programs are the police, courts, and corrections.

A degree in criminal justice at the University of Scranton can prepare you for a career in federal, state, and local law enforcement, community and institutional corrections or for advanced study in law, criminology, and public administration. The criminal justice curriculum at the University of Scranton provides a sound overview of the criminal justice system including courses in criminology, policing, courts, corrections, juvenile delinquency, white collar and organized crime, crime prevention, criminal investigation and analysis, and a variety of law related courses. The program is flexible enough to allow students to double major or minor in fields like forensic science, psychology, counseling, sociology, and computer science. Internships are available and encouraged for students who plan to work in the field.  Students who are interested in graduate work in Business or Rehabilitation Counseling can begin to earn credits towards a degree during their senior year. Faculty in the Criminal Justice Department teach and do research in many different topical areas. You can view descriptions of their interests here: http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/cas/soc-cj/staff.shtml

Come to the department for a visit.  We’d be glad to meet you and you’ll be glad you took the time to meet us.

Sociology Program

Welcome to the web page for the Sociology program at the University of Scranton!  Many students wonder exactly what a sociology major entails.  A sociology major explores human behavior as it relates to social interaction with individuals, social groups, and social institutions (e.g., the family, the workplace, and the government). They understand how various areas of inequality, such as race, class, and gender, influence these interactions within the larger social structure. Sociology majors also have a strong background in writing, critical thinking, theory, and research.

These skills, along with the understanding of the nuances of human interaction, are essential to a number of different occupations in areas such as:  research, administration, public health, human services, business, counseling, corrections, law, politics, and public relations. In fact, almost any job that deals with interpersonal skills can benefit from a sound sociological background.  Because of the wide use of sociological skills, the sociology major is designed to be flexible so students can either double major or minor in related fields such as criminal justice, psychology, political science and counseling – just to name a few.  Faculty in the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department teach and do research in many different topical areas. You can view descriptions of their interests here: http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/cas/soc-cj/staff.shtml

Come to the department for a visit.  We’d be glad to meet you and you’ll be glad you took the time to meet us.