An anthropologist is a trained observer who knows the importance of collecting data, listening to others and watching what they are doing, reflecting on what has actually as well as apparently occurred, researching context, applying various explanatory models and adopting a broad perspective for framing an understanding.
Change is ongoing and occurs on a global scale, so a critical understanding of society, its structure and function is even more necessary. Sociological knowledge produces informed citizens, not unquestioning consumers.
When you hear about a crime that's occurred, do you wonder how someone could commit such an act? Are you curious about what happens to someone after they've been accused of a crime? In Criminology and Law Studies, we investigate the various reasons people commit crimes. We also dig into how police, courts and the corrections system work, as well as why the criminal justice system works the way it does — the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Social Welfare & Justice major is a multidisciplinary major within the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences that looks at justice from anthropology, criminal justice and law, sociology and social work perspectives. The SOWJ major is flexible, allowing students to tailor it to their specific interests. Students may choose a general major in social welfare and justice or they may concentrate in one of two areas: pre-masters in social work or victim services. Students can also minor in SOWJ or combine the SOWJ major with a major in sociology or criminal justice and law. Students interested in a psychology major can also count psychology statistics and research courses toward the SOWJ major.