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The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Interested in sociology or criminal justice? The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University offers programs in criminal justice and sociology.
- Criminal justice students study the components of the justice system and its assumptions and implications for society.
- Internships are often available and many interns pursue careers in the justice system.
- Sociology students study a somewhat broader range of institutions—educational, political, medical, religious, and others—and problems including poverty, inequality, racism, sexism, and economic dislocation.
- Both majors share a set of core methods and theories and both seek to understand the interdependencies of individuals, families, social groups, and normative and regulatory systems in a society. Increasingly, this is done cross-nationally and cross-culturally as well as an indirect examination of global systems of interdependence.
WMU embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society.
The Department is sorry to report that our beloved colleague Subhash Sonnad passed away on July 12, 2021. The department has named The Dissertation Completion Scholarship in his honor.
WMU Cold Case Program
The Criminal Justice Studies Program has partnered with Michigan State Police to create the Cold Case Program. Under the direction of Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, students help review and organize cold case files searching for new leads to help police with unsolved murders in southwest Michigan. The Today Show WMU News - New Cold Case Program; Forensics Magazine
Dr. Chien-Juh Gu’s research on Taiwanese immigrant families was featured in WMU Arts & Sciences Magazine. Dr. Gu was a finalist for the 2020 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
- Dr. Ann Miles receives the WMU Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes faculty and staff members who have demonstrated exceptional service in areas that reflect innovative and effective programming, increase Western's stature or extend the University's impact and presence in the community.
Dr. Angie Moe receives the 2021 WMU CAS Women’s Caucus Gender Scholar Award. A longtime victim advocate, she explores new ways to provide support and comfort to crime victims. Working alongside a registered therapy dog, Sunny, the two are breaking boundaries in and out of the classroom.
- Research uncovering inherent racial bias among prosecutors in jury selection by Drs. Whitney DeCamp and Elise DeCamp gains national attention.
- Katherine Brown, All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, Department-Level Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, Department-Level Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award 2020-2021.
- Randy La Prairie, Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award for 2021-2022
- Ronnie Miller, Fulbright U.S. Student Research Award; American Center for Mongolian Studies – Field Research Fellowship; Claude and Nancy Phillips International and Area Studies Scholarship; Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award for 2021-2022, George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize 2021, Graduate Student Research Grant Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
- Diane Roushangar, Graduate Student Research Grant Fall 2020
- Graduate Awards 2020-2021
- GSA Awards
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