Fall office hours

The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only:

Dr. David Hartmann, department chair

Anna Lee Miller, administrative assistant


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 in direct examination of global systems of interdependence.

Graduate programs stressing both theory and method include master's and doctoral programs. Check out our new accelerated M.A. program!

WMU embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society.

Past News

2019-20 graduate student awards

Several sociology graduate students earned significant awards and were honored for their achievements throughout 2019-20.

"The Socializer"

Read the Fall 2019 issue of "The Socializer" – the department's annual newsletter