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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

The faculty and staff within the Department of Sociology and Criminal justice are pleased to have you as one of our students, and look forward to working with you to make your educational pursuits enjoyable and successful.  Within the Department, 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 a Certificate program in Juvenile Justice for non-criminal justice majors.   We also offer graduate courses leading to the interdisciplinary Master of Applied Social Science (M.A.S.S.) degree with concentrations in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

As an undergraduate Criminal Justice student, you will have the opportunity to focus your studies in one of four areas: (i) Legal Studies; (ii) Minority and Gender; (iii) Juvenile Justice; and (iv) Corrections.  Our Department has also developed agreements with FAMU Departments of Biology and Chemistry, the School of Business and Industry, and the Department of Computer Information Systems so that our students can earn minors in forensic criminology, forensic auditing, and computer crime respectively.  And, as a Sociology major, you will be able to focus your studies in one of three areas: (i) Ethnic Studies, (ii) Community Sociology/Social Change; and (iii) Family Life studies.  Overall, many of our Criminal Justice students minor in Sociology, while many of our Sociology students minor in Criminal Justice to take advantage of the opportunities provided in both fields.
Our Department also has an excellent internship program that has enabled our students to gain field experience and secure employment with agencies. Among the Federal Agencies in which our students have secured employment are the U.S. Federal Marshal, the U.S. Forestry Service, the U.S. Department of Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. State Department.  In fact, our Department ranks number one among HBCU’s in the recruitment and placement of students for the U.S. Marshals Centralized Student Career Experience Program.

While on campus, you will find that life is not restricted solely to academic work.  Through various clubs and organizations such as the Lambda Alpha Epsilon, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Sociology and Criminal Justice, you will have opportunities to interact and socialize with other students within the Department.  And, under the Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program (JJRMDP) you will also have the opportunity to give back to the community by becoming a mentor to an at-risk youth. As a whole, you 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. 

Dr. Phyllis Gray-Ray