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Welcome to Sociology & Criminology at WKU!

What is Sociology or Criminology and what can I do with this degree?

Sociology studies all aspects of life in a society, how it both shapes and is shaped by people.  As a scientific discipline, Criminology arose directly from the field of sociology as sociological concepts inform explanations of crime and society’s response to it. 

The interdisciplinary and research-centered focus of our programs allow graduates to seek employment in a variety of vocations, including occupations within:

  • The Criminal Justice System,
  • Policy Advocacy,
  • Social Services,
  • Nonprofit Organizations,
  • Governmental agencies at the local, state, national or international level.
  • Research in both public and private sectors.  

The skills you need to succeed in a 21st century career include data literacy, capacity to systematically evaluate the social world and the human systems therein, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, verbal & ditigal communication, collaboration, multicultural and global understandings, creativity, innovation, and expressive and persuasive writing skills. The Department of Sociology & Criminology is a student-centered space.  Within this space, Departmental Faculty, Advisors, Staff, and Peer Mentors facilitate growth through our programs and facilitate connection to life beyond the hill through our Career Connections SeriesAcademic Internships, Study Abroad Programs, the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society, and the Criminology and Sociology Club facilitated by our Peer Mentors.  

We invite you to share the future with us!



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 Last Modified 10/23/20