Sociology and Criminology

Why should you develop your sociological eye?

EyeIf you have always been intrigued by watching human behavior, then you have been doing sociology.  If you have always been interested in changing how society operates, then you have been thinking sociologically.  A more formal study of sociology helps develop your sociological eye as well as your social activism.  You learn to look behind and beneath society and understand how things work in order to bring about change.

Students majoring in sociology encounter a Department that is oriented toward establishing their careers and positioning them to go to graduate school.  In fact, two of the Department’s faculty members, received sociology degrees from McMurry and went on to obtain their PhDs.  Even if you do not desire to go to graduate school, majoring in sociology offers marketable job skills.  Our graduates have entered social service organizations such as Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Harmony Family Services, and the Noah Project.  [read more in "Our Graduates"]

Beyond the foundation provided by a major in sociology, the Department also offers a minor in criminology.  This balanced approach prepares students for various law enforcement positions through innovative courses like "Wrongfully Convicted" and "Serial Murder Investigations."

Who Should be a Criminology Major?

Are you fascinated by crime narratives on television? Do you wonder what causes someone to do something unlawful? Do you ponder how we punish criminal behavior? Do you wonder why someone would confess to a crime he or she did not commit? Are you interested in a career oriented around the theme of protect and serve? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then criminology at McMurry is the major for you.

 McMurry criminology majors will earn a Bachelor of Arts in criminology. The progression of courses is developed around the scientific examination of the “nature, extent, cause and control of criminal behavior.”

You can find out more about the Department by clicking on any of the items on the menu bar.  Until then, you can read the benefits of studying sociology and criminology from two of our graduates on the right side of this page.

"From the very beginning of our introduction to the sociological imagination I LOVED sociology. A lot of what I learned made sense, addressed questions I'd often wondered about, and/or explained things I had noticed but never taken the time to further explore." -Brandon Crawford, '08
"The sociology and criminology courses that I took play a significant role in my position as a police officer.  Learning about the different social forces and motivating factors of why people commit crime allows me to apply what I learned into my area of work, and not only gives me an advantage, but lets me thrive in my career." -Ruben Zendejas, '13

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