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Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
1740 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
403 Perry Paige
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Currently, we are witnessing national and global social crises, subsequent collective behavior, and on-going social movements, with specific attention on the American justice system, the raw hatred and rampant violence, and the societal chaos that our nation is still facing.  As the university’s flagship department focusing on these areas, we are constantly, consciously, and critically preparing our students for these on-going challenges.  Hence, The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice continues to perfect its mission and vision aimed at producing transformational, racially competent, and comparative advantaged graduates. 

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is one of the largest departments at the University.  We offer two undergraduate degree programs:  A Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice.  In addition, we offer a Minor in Anthropology, and is planning to offer a Minor in Juvenile Justice for non-criminal justice Majors, as well as Minors in Environmental Sociology, and Environmental Crime and Justice.  Our Department also has an excellent internship program that has enabled our students to gain field experience and secure employment with agencies.  Further, we also offer graduate courses leading to the interdisciplinary Master of Applied Social Sciences (M.A.S.S.) degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

In the Criminal Justice area, we are revamping and offering a cadre of courses to prepare students to enter the justice workforce, with specific training in racial and cultural competency to impact real changes in the treatment of minorities within the justice system.  As we fully transition from formal student advising to research and service activities, while maintaining exemplar teaching, we are also reactivating the Juvenile Justice Research Institute, which is an interdisciplinary vehicle to increase external funding and to collaborate across the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, the University and externally. 

In the Sociology area, we are collaborating, co-investigating, and partnering with the FAMU School of the Environment’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, and are assisting them in preparing a diverse workforce for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Our contributions involve strategies to successfully integrate the social sciences into NOAA’s overall strategy of focusing on the human dimension of their work.  Therefore, our department plans to develop an environmental sociology track within the Major, and a Minor in Environmental Sociology to assist in the development of NOAA’s and other environmental related areas, diverse workforce. 

To assist with students’ professional development, we have established organizations and honor societies (The Sociology and Criminal Justice Club, The Juvenile Justice Club, FAMU’s chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), Lambda Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the National Association of Criminal Justice, and Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society in Sociology.  Globally, we have also reconnected with the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) and the National Organization of Blacks in Law Enforcement (NOBLE). 

In addition, we have instituted the “Chat with the Chair,” which is a forum for students to meet with the chair to discuss ideas, issues and concerns and any other items that they wish to share.  Overall, students can be assured that life on campus will be very enlightening and rewarding.  Welcome to our great FAMU campus and welcome to The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Phyllis Gray-Ray, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair