Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Explore the roots of injustice, the impact of race and gender, and the structure of our criminal justice system.

As a student of sociology or criminal justice at Elmhurst College, you’ll grapple with some of today’s most pressing issues and prepare for a fulfilling career in law, corrections, social services, marketing, and beyond.

1:1 Attention from Expert Faculty

At Elmhurst you’ll work with faculty members who have deep experience in the field, both as scholars and as practitioners in sociology, law enforcement and social services. But their primary passion is teaching. In small classes, you’ll get the one-on-one attention you need to reach your full potential.

Real-World Experience Before You Graduate

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to work in the field. You might shadow a school social worker, work with community organizations on democratic engagement, ride along with a local police department or sit in on court proceedings. Or you might design your own independent research project, studying anything from attitudes about cultural diversity to the school-to-prison pipeline. Either way, you’ll build strong skills and an impressive résumé.

Where Will an Elmhurst Degree Take You?

Elmhurst sociology and criminal justice graduates are well prepared to succeed in graduate school or in dynamic careers in social services, law, management, public relations, human resources, law enforcement, government or corrections, to name a few. With a degree in sociology or criminal justice from Elmhurst, you’ll be ready to make your mark in a rewarding field.

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