Sociology and Criminal Justice Department


The Sociology/Criminal Justice Department prepares students for careers in criminal justice, human services, law, and related fields. Students gain an understanding of theories, principles, and practice in these disciplines with a focus on leadership, equity, and justice. 

The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department serves the University's Mission by:

  • Offering a program of study that is relevant and purposeful to their discipline.
  • Enabling students to use the knowledge and methodologies of the discipline for conceptual thinking, critical analysis, oral and written communication, and the application of appropriate information technologies;
  • Providing culminating capstone opportunities through independent research, internships or service learning projects, where learned theories and methods are applied to real-world experiences;
  • Educating students to become informed, effective, and responsible leaders who embrace diversity in their communities, society, and the world;
  • Empowering students to respond ethically and adhere to the professional standards of the discipline; and,
  • Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty who teach students in exciting, innovative, and effective ways.  

The Student Learning Outcomes for Sociology and Criminal Justice majors are: 

  • Graduates will identify the various components of the criminal justice system inclusive of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. (CJ)
  • Graduates will analyze the role that oppression and power play in shaping a person’s identity and life experiences. (SOC)
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Graduates will apply analytical and critical thinking skills to the theoretical perspectives of sociology and/or criminal justice.
  • Graduates will apply criminological and/or sociological theory to practical experience.
  • Graduates will evaluate the society in which they will perform their duties and the societal issues that contribute to and influence the work they perform.
  • Graduates will assess ethical implications of decision making relevant to their discipline as well as to the distribution of justice in society.
  • Graduates will model a professional code of conduct consistent with the standards of their discipline.

University of Dubuque Sociology and Criminal Justice Faculty Research