Sociology Department Overview
The study of sociology as part of a liberal arts education helps students develop a critical understanding of the meaning, process, and structure of human interaction and helps them to better understand the past and present as well as to prepare for life in a world of increasing social complexity and interdependence.
Hartwick sociology graduates leave with a broad range of transferable skills, including critical thinking, logical reasoning, knowledge of society and groups, and understanding human experience and interactions. In order to be better prepared for continuing their education in graduate schools and/or employment, Hartwick sociology students are offered great opportunities to participate in social research and internships. Furthermore, with our social work minor, interested students may consider furthering their education or career in the field of social work.
Additionally, our criminal justice major will enable students to understand the inner workings of the criminal justice system on a practical level, as well as the key theories behind criminality and the way the United States enacts laws and punishments at a scholarly level.
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Exciting Student Outcomes
Hartwick sociology and criminal justice students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.
Chestnut Park and Rehabilitation Nursing Center Oneonta, NY
Kerrie DeLiberis ’17
County Court Attorney Office
Otsego County, NY
Kacy Kyer ’17
Delaware Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services
Alston Moses ’17
Opportunities for Otsego, Violence Intervention Program
Danielle Ricci ’17
Graduate/Professional School Placements
Social Work Masters Program
Masters in Health Care Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Erika lillo ’16
Master of Social Work Program
Sociology and Criminal Justice Requirements
Ready for a major or minor in sociology or criminal justice? Here’s what it takes.
Sociology & Criminal Justice Majors & Minors
Sociology and Criminal Justice Courses
Our sociology professors use a wide range of challenging teaching and learning methods. Coursework often entails the use of video production, small group workshops, computer-assisted teaching, field trips, and community-based service-learning opportunities, designed to demonstrate and connect the theory and practice of sociology. We also consist of experts in both theoretical and practical applications of criminal justice work, that specialize in theories, methods, and practical applications of criminal justice in today’s society.
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Hartwick’s sociology and criminal justice majors offer students immediate opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to fieldwork and internships – in the U.S. and internationally. Many courses provide community-based learning opportunities that connect students directly to local, national, and international organizations and allow them to explore and gain experience in contexts they may wish to pursue as careers. Additionally, there is plenty of opportunity to work with criminal justice-oriented non-profits and organizations in the greater Oneonta community. Students also gain personal insight and understanding of their own social and political conscience, giving them the confidence to become truly productive citizens.
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Sociology and Criminal Justice Faculty
Hartwick’s dynamic sociology and criminal justice faculty research and teach in a vast range of areas, drawing student right into the heart of their inquiry.
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