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.
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.
WMU embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society.
WMU Cold Case Program
The Criminal Justice Studies Program has partnered with Michigan State Police to create the new Cold Case Program. Under the direction of Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, students will help review and organize cold case files searching for new leads to help police with unsolved murders in southwest Michigan. WMU News - New Cold Case Program; Forensics Magazine
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.
Dr. Chien-Juh Gu’s research on Taiwanese immigrant families is a finalist for the 2020 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family
- Research uncovering inherent racial bias among prosecutors in jury selection by Drs. Whitney DeCamp and Elise DeCamp gains national attention.