Changing one life at a time. Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten and her students work diligently to prove the innocence of those who were wrongfully imprisoned.
Interested in sociology or criminal justice?
The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University offers undergraduate majors and minors in criminal justice and sociology.
- Criminal justice students study the components of the justice system and its assumptions and implications for the larger society.
- Internships are often available and many interns pursue careers in the justice system.
- Sociology students study a somewhat broader range of institutions—educational, political, medical, religious and others—and problems including poverty, inequality, racism, sexism and economic dislocation.
- Both majors share a set of core methods and theories and both seek to understand the interdependencies of individuals, families, social groups and normative and regulatory systems in a society. Increasingly, this is done cross-nationally and cross-culturally as well as in direct examination of global systems of interdependence.
Graduate programs stressing both theory and method include master's and doctoral programs.