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Department Website: oakland.edu/socan
Chairperson: Albert J. Meehan
Professors emeriti: Peter J. Bertocci, William E. Bezdek, Judith K. Brown, James W. Dow, Harry Gold, David R. Maines, Jacqueline R. Scherer, Gary Shepherd, Richard Stamps
Professors: Albert J. Meehan, Terri L. Orbuch, Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
Associate professors: Henri Gooren, Joanne E. Reger, Cynthia Schellenbach
Assistant professors: Micah Boyer, Amanda Burgess-Proctor, Graham Cassano, Erin Comartin, Dennis Condron, Lisa Dalton, Tara Deubel, Angela Kaiser, Heidi Lyons, George Sanders, Scott Smith
Special instructor: Raymond V. Liedka
Administrative professionals: Stephanie Brandimarte (Social Work), Kimberly Byrd (Criminal Justice), Maria DeVoogd Beam (program director, Social Work)
Chief advisers: Henri Gooren (Anthropology), Cynthia Schellenbach (Sociology), Stephanie Brandimarte (Social Work), Kimberly Byrd (Criminal Justice)
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a major in sociology, a major in anthropology and a major in criminal justice leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, and a major in social work leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
Sociology is the scientific study of society and systematically examines the cultural and social factors that shape individual and group behavior. Students learn about the fundamental processes of human interaction, the forces of social inequality and social change, and critically examine society’s social institutions and social problems. The major prepares students for careers where knowledge of human relationships and/or research skills are desirable, and for graduate work in sociology and related social service fields.
Anthropology is the study of humankind in all its aspects, through archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic research, and fosters the use of this knowledge in addressing human problems. The major prepares students for graduate work in anthropology and/or archaeology and for careers that utilize anthropological knowledge and training. In sociology and anthropology students are required to study research techniques and acquire skills in theoretical analysis. Both majors are designed to allow flexibility for students to pursue their own intellectual interests.
Social work is a profession that strives to prevent crisis, promote social justice, and enhance the social functioning of individuals, groups, and communities so that they may better cope with the many challenges they encounter. The Bachelor of Social Work degree program trains students in the generalist social work perspective, along with the values and ethical principles consistent with the profession’s historical commitment to social justice and positive change. Students trained in social work are capable of working with individuals, families, and communities of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary program grounded in the theoretical, methodological, and applied policy traditions of criminology and criminal justice, as well as t hose related disciplines that have contributed to its core knowledge (i.e., sociology, political science, public administration, law, philosophy, psychology). Criminal justice majors may focus their coursework around specific research and career interests by selecting one of six specialization areas; law enforcement, courts, corrections and treatment, juvenile justice, homeland security (includes additional course requirements) and information security and assurance (includes additional course requirements).
Students also may select a combined major in sociology and anthropology, and a modified major in sociology or anthropology with a concentration in linguistics. The department offers minors in sociology or anthropology and a sociology minor for students in the secondary teaching education program (STEP). The department houses two interdisciplinary concentrations – archaeology and criminal justice. The department also participates in the American studies and urban studies concentrations.
To be a candidate for departmental honors in sociology, students must have taken at least 20 of their major credits at the 300-400 level, have taken a minimum of 20 credits of their sociology major course work at Oakland University, have earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 in major course work at Oakland and receive recommendations from two departmental faculty members.
To be a candidate for departmental honors in anthropology, students must have taken at least 16 credits in the major at the 300 level or above, have taken a minimum of 20 credits of their anthropology major course work at Oakland University, have earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 in major course work, and receive recommendations from two departmental faculty members.
To be a candidate for departmental honors in criminal justice, students must have taken at least 16 credits in the major at the 300 level or above, taken a minimum of 16 credits of criminal justice major coursework at Oakland University, earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 in the major coursework, and received recommendations from two departmental faculty members.
Transfer agreement programs in sociology with a specialization in criminal justice
The Department of Sociology/Anthropology offers the B.A. in sociology with a specialization in criminal justice as part of an articulation agreement with Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills and with Macomb Community College. Under the terms of these agreements, students who earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice or in law enforcement, or in corrections at Oakland Community College or an Associate of Applied Science degree in law enforcement at Macomb Community College, may transfer to Oakland University and earn a B.A. in sociology with a criminal justice specialization. Students must meet the requirements at their respective institutions; at OU that means completing university general education, U.S. diversity, college exploratory and major requirements. A brochure detailing the guidelines and required courses is available in the department and in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office.
Schedule of Classes
Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.