Sociology - Criminology and Law Enforcement

Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement Fundamentals

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Individuals who pursue our focused B.A. in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement degree will have the education and skills necessary to take on leadership roles within the criminal justice system.

Professional Preparation

Studying sociology prepares students for:

  • careers requiring research skills and training;
  • work in community and social services;
  • jobs in the criminal justice field; and
  • graduate training in sociology.

Our Faculty

  • are award-winning teachers;
  • conduct research on topics such as crime and media, altruism, work and family, violence and victims, and immigration; and
  • serve as advisers to student groups on campus, including Sociology Club, L.I.P. Service and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

In sociology, students learn methods and techniques of research and have the opportunity to apply these skills through the Active Research Methods Laboratory.

    Real-word Experience

    Gain practical professional experience through the internship program in sociology.

    Recent placements include:

    • Akron Police Department
    • U.S. Marshals
    • National Security Agency
    • City of Akron Law Department
    • Stow Municipal Court
    • Summit County Sheriff's Department
    • Summit County Courts
    • Oriana House
    • University of Akron Police Department
    • Community Drug Board
    • ATF investigator

    Sociology Student Organizations

    Interact with other sociology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

    • Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology honorary)
    • Sociology Club

    Curriculum Guide

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    For More Information:

    Department of Sociology

    Contact: Dr. Matthew Lee

    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    A B.A. in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement opens the door to many career opportunities. Possible positions include:

    • Federal investigative agencies (ATF, DEA, FBI, Customs, IRS, Secret Service, US Marshals)
    • State investigators
    • Federal, state, and local probation/parole officers
    • Corporate investigators, insurance fraud
    • Rehabilitation/counseling programs
    • Corrections administration
    • Police departments, detective work
    • Law school

    Career Outlook

    Opportunities are expected to grow for individuals with undergraduate and advanced degrees in sociology, given the wide range of career paths for which they are prepared.

    A&S Careers Program

    Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

    • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
    • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
    • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
    • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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