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Crime, Culture, and the ciTY.

Butler’s Criminology major emphasizes both the fundamentals of the discipline and the practical experience that can be learned only from hands-on exercises in a flourishing metropolis. Functioning as your own urban laboratory, the city of Indianapolis serves as the backdrop to a rich, multidisciplinary education in the small, liberal arts environment for which our school is known.

Rooted in sociological theory and methods, the major offers small class sizes, internship and service learning opportunities, and the chance to pursue individual research interests, preparing students to successfully enter careers or to attend law or professional school.

Program Information


The Sociology and Criminology department provides comprehensive, sociology-based coursework in sociology, sociology with a specialization in social work and social policy, and criminology. Sample courses in the Criminology program include:

  • SW200SO – Understanding Society
  • SO205 – Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO326 – Gender, Race, and Crime
  • SO351 – Punishment and Society
  • SO353 – Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • SO355 – International Crime

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Three-Year Program

The Criminology major can be completed in a total of three years. More information can be found here.

The Butler Advantage

With an understanding of society and how the social context and social forces shape behaviors and an emphasis on strong critical-thinking and research skills, majors in Criminology are well prepared for a wide range of opportunities after graduation:

Students have numerous opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world settings and to everyday life.

Students present their research findings at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference or a professional meeting.

Internships in criminal justice, human services, business, and community contexts provide students with practical experience and career opportunities.

Students have many opportunities to engage in the research process and to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

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Stephen Barnard
Associate Professor, Chair of Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
Dr. Stephen (Steve) Barnard is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology.  Before joining the faculty at Butler, he was Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at St. Lawrence University, where he…
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Alexander Roehrkasse
Assistant Professor – Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
Alex Roehrkasse is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology. He is also a faculty affiliate in the Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.  Alex’s research focuses on inequality, crime and punishment, families and children, and…
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Vitor Martins Dias
Assistant Professor – Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at Butler University. I am a socio-legal scholar exploring how legal, political, and social actors influence global and local institutions and organizations, producing social…
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