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Sociology and Justice Studies

Sociologists understand the social world by using both theory and evidence to pose and answer important questions about society. To do so, sociologists study a wide range of subject matter including civil rights, family & marriage, race, gender, poverty & inequality, children & youth, aging, education, religion, crime & deviance, terrorism, sports, environment & technology, social movements & revolutions, immigration, Black Studies and Latina/o Studies. Indeed, sociologists study pretty much anything people think, say or do. You can see the diversity of sociology as a discipline from the variety of courses we offer at Eastern Washington University, such as Survey of Criminology, Sociology of Children, Sociology of Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Sex and Gender, Power & Identity, Race & Ethnic Relations, Restorative Justice, Peacemaking, Women in Prison, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Sociology of Politics, and Sociology of Revolutions.

Moreover, sociologists emphasize the careful gathering and analysis of evidence to enrich our understanding of the social world. We conduct our research using a variety of methods such as surveys, field research, focus groups, in-depth interviews, historical documents, census data, content analysis of media, Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS), STATA and other materials.

Sociology challenges our everyday, take-for-granted view of the social world. It offers powerful insights as to how broad social forces shape our own personal experiences and outcomes in our own lives.

Sociology is probably the broadest and most diverse discipline in social science. Sociologists are interested in large-scale social processes such as globalization as well as everyday interactions between individuals.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to find out more about sociology. Or you can take a class in sociology and see for yourself what insights sociology can offer about the social world we live in.

Sociology at EWU

Our mission is to foster in all undergraduate students the capacity for critical inquiry an understanding of social justice through an integrated liberal arts program in sociology. We strive to provide a rigorous theoretical and research-oriented education to prepare our students for contributions to their communities and careers.

Faculty's research areas include:

  • Crime & Deviance
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Restorative Justice
  • Peacemaking
  • Women in Prison
  • Public Sociology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Education
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Sociology of Children
  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Revolutions

Criminal Justice at EWU

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its role in society. The program is used for placement in: law enforcement, corrections, the juvenile justice system and criminal justice investigation.

Criminal Justice is an integrated major with required coursework in the core disciplines that provide the theoretical and methodological roots of contemporary criminological inquiry, as well as applied coursework in criminal justice. The program is designed to provide an academic foundation appropriate for an educated citizen, as well as particular specializations and certifications for career preparation. The Department of Sociology and Justice Studies believes that a university must educate broadly to enrich both career and life. Accordingly, students in the criminal justice program will complete social science foundation courses, as well as core disciplinary courses. In order to assist them as they move into a variety of career paths, students must also complete coursework in an approved area of specialization or an interdisciplinary certificate. All 300 and 400 level CRIM courses have a prerequisite of sophomore standing or above.

What are the degree options?

For Criminal Justice majors, there are three specialty tracks: Law enforcement, pre-graduate criminology, and corrections. These enable a student to specialize in a more specific area of interest. Please view degree options for more information on our offerings.

What can I do with my degree?


Sociology is a distinctive discipline. Because it is such a diverse discipline, sociology can help prepare you for a broad spectrum of careers. Your knowledge in sociology can be applied in both public and private sectors in areas such as social services, non-profit organizations, community advocacy, business administration, public relations, marketing, education, criminal justice, and more.

Sociology majors receive a broad-based liberal arts education and acquire knowledge and skills sought by employers:

  • Careers in Sociology 
  • Understanding of cultural diversity, human relationships and complex social issues
  • Research skills - research design, data collection and analysis, synthesis of data and information
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Link to career resources for Sociology majors:

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice major prepares students for a variety of fields. Specifically, students interested in law enforcement, criminology, and corrections will be well prepared by the three specialty tracks offered by our major.

Link to the American Society of Criminology:
Link to career resources for Crmininal Justice majors in Forensic Science:

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