SJC’s Department of Sociology provides students with a well-rounded education by viewing Sociology and the study of Criminal Justice in two ways: 1) as scientific in nature and 2) including human interaction and societal reaction. The Department of Sociology strives to tailor classes in accordance to students’ needs and interests. As a result, the department offers courses in various fields, including criminology, juvenile justice, family development, law and society, constitutional law, and courses that teach and utilize basic skills of socialization in political, industrial, urban, and multicultural settings. By offering a variety of classes, the Department of Sociology is able to prepare students for both graduate school and immediate employment in social and public service.
The Department of Sociology includes the following programs and majors:
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
- SJC Academic Catalog: Sociology
- SJC Academic Catalog: Criminal Justice
- US Department of Justice: Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Look up Supreme Court decisions
- American Society of Criminology
- FBI Homepage
- Department of Justice Programs
- National Institute of Justice
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Nathonson Center for the Study of Organized Crime
- Access Indiana Public Safety Departments
- Illinois State Police Homepage
- Illinois Department of Corrections Home Page
- The Decisive Decade in the History of the Elmira Reformatory (1867-1877): Instituting a Reformatory System of Prison Discipline
Opportunities for Hands-on Experience
Internship and Service Opportunities
The Department of Sociology knows students need practical experience to find a job or continue their education. As a result, the department exposes students to a variety of out-of-classroom experiences, including internships and service opportunities. Students have held internships in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice. Students have also participated in service opportunities, where they have worked with the poor, aged, mentally and physically disadvantaged, and at local and regional institutions, including the Westville Correctional Center, the Northern Indiana Rural Crisis Center, and the Jasper County Youth Center.
Students also gain hands-on experience through research. Research is an integral aspect of the Department of Sociology’s curriculum because it nurtures students’ critical thinking skills and prepares them for both graduate school and the workforce. In SOC 223: Research Methods, students are introduced to the qualitative and quantitative methods employed by social sciences, and emphasis is given to alternative choices of design, sampling techniques, instruments, and appropriate interpretive and analytical procedures encountered in the process of social scientific research. The research skills learned in SOC 223 and other courses are then used in higher level courses, where students partake in research methods of human behavior. Data collection is involved in the department’s curriculum, but emphasis rests more on qualitative (discussing theories in retrospect of results of a study on human behavior) and not as much on quantitative (raw data).
Department Majors and Minors