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The Department of Sociology & Criminology is a student-centered department, offfering programs and course work designed to expand awareness and understanding of the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, including diverse societies, cultures, and organizations.
Completion of our curriculum provides you with the following skills:
- Effective written and oral communication skills necessary to effectively frame and solve problems realistically in a teamwork setting.
- Empathetic listening skills necessary for developing successful social media and other marketing campaigns, consulting, and entrepreneurship endeavors.
- The capacity to explore, describe, explain, and evaluate the social world by utilizing the techniques of systematic observation.
- Data Literacy skills necessary to understand and communicate societal characteristics found in numeric, and graphic forms.
Upon completion of our curriculum, past graduates have pursued careers in the following settings:
- Social Services--Case Management, Crisis Management, Life Skills.
- Justice Services--Law Enforcement, Courts, & Corrections.
- Nonprofit Organizations & Counseling Agencies serving Victims of Criminal Offenses, At-Risk Youth, and Fragile families.
- Health Services--Substance Abuse Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Family Planning.
- Businesses--Community Development, Advocacy, Public & Social Media Relations.
Departmental Faculty, Advisors, Staff, and Peer Mentors facilitate growth through the program and connection to life beyond the hill through our Career Connections Series,Academic Internships, Study Abroad Programs, the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society, and the Criminology and Sociology Club facilitated by our Peer Mentors.
Full-time work, part-time instruction in the time of COVID
May 28th, 2020
Deputy Chief of Operations for BGPD, and part-time instructor for the Department of Sociology and Criminology, shares her Spring 2020 story....
Spring 2020: An Intern's Perspective
May 4th, 2020
Ashlee Gilbert, a Criminology Major at WKU, has spent the spring interning at the County Attorney’s Office for Logan County, located in her hometown...
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