Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Greensboro College
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Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

We are dedicated to developing analytical and critical-thinking skills through core courses, global theories, and cross-cultural topics and perspectives.

Sociology involves the study of how human behavior is shaped by the groups people belong to and interact with. Intertwined with sociology, our criminal justice program is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to provide students with an understanding of the key components of the current criminal justice system in the United States. In both sociology and criminal justice courses of study, in-class assignments, research projects, internships, and community service activities, offer students opportunities to apply their knowledge and experiences to practical social issues and future careers.

Majors and Minors


  • B.A. or B.S. in Human Development and Family Science (interdisciplinary)

    Offered through collaboration between the departments of Education, Psychology, and Sociology, this major explores the many factors that shape an individual’s socioemotional development, and prepares students to give families and children their voices in the community to fulfill their dreams and goals.

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  • Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S.) Major

    Students experience a strong liberal-arts general education that tackles complex issues in our justice system. Majors gain a deep understanding of forensics, the courts, corrections facilities, and issues surrounding diversity.

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  • Criminal Justice Minor

    A criminal justice minor provides students with a foundational understanding of our justice system. Minors require 20 credits to complete.

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  • Sociology (B.A., B.S.) Major

    Students become sociology experts through rigorous coursework and research in one of three sociology concentrations: general studies, human services, and cultural and diversity studies.

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  • Sociology Minor

    A sociology minor provides students with the basic concepts and tools in one of the same three concentrations. Minors require 20 credits to complete.

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.