The Sociology & Criminal Justice Department at Adrian College offers students the opportunity to explore either of these two interrelated disciplines for a major or minor.
Dr. Christie Boxer leads the Sociology program, which includes core courses that expose you to the scientific study of human society and develop your “sociological imagination,” and elective courses, such as Marriage & Family, Sex & Gender, and Race & Ethnicity, through which you will learn to understand and apply sociological concepts to the world outside of the classroom. Our courses teach you to analyze how social influences affect the behavior of, and interaction among, groups, organizations, institutions, and nations.
Beginning in your junior year, you will develop, conduct, and present an independent research project on a topic of your choice. Through our curriculum, sociology majors build the skillset most desired by employers, including: the ability to analyze data and communicate findings, how to understand complex situations and make practical solution recommendations, and how to work with and appreciate diversity. Our graduates are well-prepared for graduate school or employment in the many fields of social service and management.
Dr. William Tregea, Prof. Nathan Goetting, and Dr. Cedrick Heraux lead the recently re-designed and enriched undergraduate Criminal Justice Program that includes five additional working professionals teaching evening classes. The Criminal Justice degree offers you a set of Core courses, and three pre-professional Tracks to prepare you for work in 1) Law Enforcement 2) Corrections and Rehabilitation 3) Law and the Judiciary.
It is possible to complete two tracks as part of the major. A rigorous research methods course, internship experience and capstone senior research project also prepares criminal justice students for graduate school or entry into the field.
Adrian College also offers a Master of Arts Degree program in Criminal Justice. This program will provide more advanced academic training to students interested in pursuing a criminal justice profession or doctoral-level degree. Courses will be offered in several content areas, including: criminal justice policy, criminology, homeland security, policing, organizational management, and the legal system.