Understanding and Improving Our Social Worlds

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Kent State University! Our department offers a BA in Sociology, and a BA in Criminology & Justice Studies. We also offer MA, and PhD degrees in Sociology and Criminology, and a fully online MA degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. 

Why Study Sociology and Criminology and Justice Studies at Kent State University?

If you are fascinated and concerned by social dynamics and want to study and work in ways that promote justice, sociology and criminology are a great fit. Coursework and opportunities in sociology and criminology at Kent State University equip students with science-based understanding of social forces, crime, public policy, and social justice, which can be transformed into work and advocacy for the betterment of the world we live in. 

What Areas of Study are Offered?

Study in the areas of social inequality, crime and social justice, policing and prison re-entry, corrections and rehabilitation, delinquency, global security, work and labor identity, social psychology, aging, medicine, mental health, and health care with dedicated faculty at the Kent campus and our regional campuses allows students to customize their education according to their interests in society, crime, and justice. 

What Can Be Done With a Degree in Sociology or Criminology and Justice Studies? 

An undergraduate major in sociology or criminology and justice studies positions students well to take on careers in both the public and private sectors and to continue their education with graduate studies. Graduates from Kent State’s department of sociology and criminology have used their undergraduate experiences in careers related to research, education, health and human services, social and community-based services, law enforcement, and more. Others have continued their education in graduate programs in sociology, criminology, public health, counseling, social work, and law.  Access other career information.

What Outside-of-class Experiences and Skills are Part of Sociology and Criminology and Justice Studies? 

Sociology and criminology and justice studies programs prepare students for a world that is increasingly global and diverse. Be it in class or through out-of-class activities, including volunteering, internships, and study abroad, our dedicated faculty equip students with skills that are transferrable and that employers in the 21st century demand: critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and collaboration, written and verbal communication, analyses of complex data, cultural competence, and self and social awareness. 

How Can I Learn More?

To learn more, come talk with us by reaching out Rebecca Cash. You can also come visit us and tour the department of sociology and criminology and KSU.

We hope to see you soon!