Areas of Study

Social and Economic Inequalities

The social and economic disparities area of study focuses on theory, empirical research and the professional practices that have been at the core of sociology from the beginning of the discipline. The study of social and economic inequalities involves innovative research methods combined with the most advanced theories of social and economic inequality, demography, labor and employment, migration and immigration, and group/organizational processes in society.

Agriculture, Environment and Development

Agriculture, environment and development is an area of study in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice that engages research, teaching and extension activities to help understand and solve problems related to agriculture and food, the environment and natural resources, development and social change, and rural and regional issues. The area of study is grounded in the disciplinary fields of rural sociology and development sociology, both of which share theory and methods with the larger discipline of sociology.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and criminal justice is an area of study that engages in teaching, research and outreach activities around criminal offending, victimization and the societal and criminal justice system response to crime. The area of study incorporates a balance of practical and basic research in achieving the goal of helping stakeholders understand and manage the crime problem across the life span, from youth to prisoners serving life sentences. The area of study is grounded in the sociological traditions of criminology, but incorporates knowledge from many perspectives, heavily emphasizing interdisciplinary research and collaboration.