Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology embraces a range of disciplines and their related subfields: anthropology, criminal justice, gerontology and sociology. Our graduates are represented in careers such as social work, teaching, health care, politics, policing, law, corrections, nonprofits, public administration and social policy. In addition to course content, students who choose one of these majors or minors acquire a valuable set of skills useful in their future professions or in graduate education, including:

Diversity Awareness. Students go outside their comfort zone to not only witness but identify with and appreciate the perspective of diverse groups.

Social Scientific Literacy. Students learn the logic of research methodology and are able to understand and critique the results of scientific research generated by scholars in the discipline.

Critical Thinking. Students apply disciplinary theories and concepts to interpret various social phenomena and scholarship from multiple perspectives through clear oral and written articulation.

Sociological Understanding of Society. Students discuss the theories, critical concepts and ideas that form the basis of disciplinary knowledge and understand how social structure affects the distribution of cultural and material resources across social groups.

The three primary majors are Sociology, Criminal Justice and Gerontology. More information about the different options is available on the Majors tab. Coursework in the department provides students with skills that make them invaluable as workers, as community leaders, and as citizens of a diverse, interconnected nation and world. Our majors graduate with the ability to appreciate diversity, to facilitate discussions across diverse viewpoints, to gather and assess evidence, and to evaluate programs and then “think outside the box” to act as leaders of innovation and change in the workplace.

The core of the Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Sociology majors is our internship program. As one of the first departments at Quinnipiac to have centered our majors around an applied internship, we have 35 years of experience in helping students translate their classroom knowledge into real-world, in-demand job skills. In addition to rigorous academic preparation, the department stresses the applicability and usefulness of this training through an upper-division experience in any number of internships at professional settings.