Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Kennesaw State University. Combined across the two disciplines, we have over 1,000 majors. We offer two Bachelors degrees, a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Sociology. Students can pursue the B.S. in Sociology entirely online. We also offer four minors in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Gerontology, and Sociology. Our growing graduate program offers a Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice; the Masters program has a unique focus on “Global/International Perspectives in Criminal Justice.” Upon completion of a major, minor, or Masters, our students have mastered the kinds of skills employers look for and are prepared to enter in-demand careers in a myriad of fields.

Each semester our dedicated faculty teach over 4,000 students. Our faculty are student-centered, incorporating experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. We encourage our students to be engaged beyond the classroom through participation in internships at local, state, and federal agencies or at private or public organizations. Students can also participate in SCJ faculty sponsored and/or directed study abroad programs to France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, and Thailand.

The department hosts two active student organizations and two international honors societies, Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice) and Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology). The department regularly offers panel discussions on important and timely topics, such as domestic violence and marijuana legalization.

Criminal Justice and Sociology faculty are active and accomplished professionals that often work with and mentor students in research and publications. Faculty regularly present research at professional meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and books with respected presses. Our department also houses the official journal of the Georgia Sociological Association, the Journal of Public and Professional Sociology.

We thank you for your visit to our website. Please drop by the main office in Social Sciences Building 4057 for additional information.

Dawn Michelle Baunach, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor