The Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology embraces a range of disciplines and their related subfields: anthropology, criminal justice, gerontology and sociology. These disciplines are united by a core set of classes designed to cultivate an appreciation for social and cultural diversity as well as give students applied data analysis skills relevant to a career in any field. Students are taught to observe the ways that social and cultural forces shape both groups and individuals, and are provided with the skills of scientific inquiry that will help enable them to analyze the causes and consequences of social interaction in a wide range of settings. Our graduates are represented in careers such as social work, teaching, health care, politics, law enforcement, law, corrections, non-profits, public administration, and social policy.
Students who choose our majors will acquire a valuable set of skills useful in their future professions or in graduate education:
- Diversity Awareness. Students go outside their comfort zone to not only witness but identify with and appreciate the perspective of diverse groups.
- Scientific Literacy. Students learn how to separate what they know from what they don't know, and the process by which we create and evaluate knowledge.
- Social Responsibility. Students analyze and critique existing social policies and consider empirically grounded alternatives.
- Communication. Students learn to articulate their ideas visually, orally, and in writing.
- Critical Thinking. Students apply disciplinary theories and concepts to interpret real-world events and identify alternative approaches.
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 and minors graduate with the ability to appreciate diversity, to facilitate discussions across diverse viewpoints, to gather and assess evidence, 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 34 years of experience in helping students translate their classroom knowledge into real-world, in-demand job skills. In addition to rigorous sociological training, the department stresses the applicability and usefulness of this training through an upper-division experience in any number of internships at professional settings.