Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. The department offers a BA in sociology or criminal justice. We have a long tradition of quality teaching and are proud of the fact that five of our faculty have earned the university's Excellence in Teaching Award.
Graduate students may earn an MA or a Ph.D. degree in sociology or criminology. Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis. The department is home to the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and affiliated with the Disaster Research Center.
You can find information on this site about our graduate and undergraduate programs and faculty, but if you have a specific question please contact us.
General inquiries can be directed to the department or you may contact individual faculty directly. For information about the Sociology Undergraduate Program e-mail email@example.com. For the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries regarding the Graduate Program, click here.
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NEW COURSES BEING OFFERED FOR THE FALL 2015 SEMESTER
SOCI 467 010 - Fads and Fashions
This course is not about fads in boots, width of ties, or beer-can hats, but is a serious examination of the very important thrusts in key social institutions in society over time. Throughout the core social institutions such as education, healthcare, medicine, technology, family, criminal justice, science, and business, we find many phenomena that have short-lived publicity or social value, but their repeated presence over time reveals much about the social institutions and the society we live in. Using classic and contemporary sociological theory to examine these phenomena, we will develop a coherent sociological approach to explain how fads and fashions in our key social institutions come and go over time, rise and fall in popularity over time, and though their form may change some, how they are similar in function and follow cyclical patterns that we can observe.
SOCI 667 010 - Sociology of the Body
This course examines the body as the product of complex social arrangements and processes. Drawing from an interdisciplinary literature and a range of theoretical traditions, we will consider ways in which the body is constituted by various cultural discourses including race, class, gender, sexuality, medicine, and normality. We will also trace the treatment of the body in key traditions of social theory.
SOCI 667 011 - Sociology of Health & Illness
This course presents a substantive overview of fundamental issues in medical sociology including the determinants of health, the structure and implications of healthcare, the experiences of healthcare workers and patients, medicalization of social problems, health occupations, as well as politics and the changing healthcare system.
Pictured are the University of Delaware's 2015 high index seniors (from left) Melissa Sterner, Albert Lo, Caroline Cameron, Ryan Dayton, Nichole Schneider, Megan Johnson, Hannah Anderson and Michael Hession.
High Index Seniors
Eight presented highest grade point index awards during Commencement
Eight graduating University of Delaware seniors achieved the highest grade point index earned in full-time study toward a University degree and were recognized during Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 30, in Delaware Stadium.
To be eligible, a graduating senior must have earned at least 75 percent of the total credits required for the degree at the University of Delaware and must have averaged a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
DEPARTMENT EVENT REMINDERS
8/31 – New Graduate Student Orientation – 321 Smith Hall
9/1 – Fall Semester Classes Start
9/7 – HOLIDAY – Campus Closed
9/10 – New Graduate Student Reception
For more information about upcoming events call the Department at
Humanism & the Premedical Realm(s)
Barret Michalec and a team that includes scholars from the Mayo Clinic, University of Toronto, University of Minnesota Medical School, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, have been awarded a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute to explore where and how humanism is featured in the premedical experience and curriculum, as well as how US and Canadian medical schools identify the humanist traits, attitudes, and practices of premedical students through their application materials.
The Disaster Research Center
Brandon Bristor and Megan Hewitt - students in UD's Department of Sociology's emergency and environmental management concentration - spent much of this summer as Service Learning Fellows, working at DRC on behalf of IAEM@UD and the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT).
Rysheema Dixon has been doing some amazing things in a short time
Since graduating from UD with a degree in sociology six years ago, she has done community service work with Delaware Public Allies, started her own business that is continuing to grow, worked with a nonprofit women’s group in India and, in 2014, was named one of the top women in business in Delaware.
College of Arts & Sciences Article
First Delaware medical team members arrive in Kathmandu
Our graduate student Sam Penta was briefly interviewed for this article:
Delaware Online Video and Article
Sam Penta, as well as fellow DRC team member Dr. Sarah DeYoung, were shown packing and moving suitcases in this local NBC coverage:
Delaware Online Article
Sex offenders have few places to live
Watch Chrysanthi Leon's video about how eight towns have written rules expanding state restrictions on where sex offenders can live in relation to schools, day cares and play grounds.
Delaware Online Video