Sociology

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.