Sociology and Criminology

MajorBachelor of Arts

Unravel Crime and Culture.

The combined Sociology and Criminology major at Butler is excellent preparation if you are considering advanced study or careers in areas such as advocacy, criminology, law, and social work. This combined major will give you an opportunity to establish a strong foundation in social and criminological science. You’ll also have the opportunity to expand your major to include a Social Work specialization featuring classes taught by an experienced social worker. 

Small class sizes and a campus in the midst of the Indianapolis metropolitan area allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world settings and to everyday life.

Program Information


Combined majors require more coursework than a regular major, but less coursework than completing a major in each subject area separately (i.e., double majoring). Sample courses in this program include:

  • SW 200SO – Understanding Society
  • SO 205 – Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 311 – Law and Society
  • SO 326 – Gender, Race, and Crime
  • SO 349 – Social Movements
  • SO 355 – International Crime

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  • Students can choose to add a specialization in Social Work and Social Policy to their major. This entails a three-course sequence of classes in social work (substituting for electives) taught by faculty with experience in social work practice.

Sociology and Criminology at Butler

Our Program is distinguished by:

A curriculum that emphasizes the connection between theory and practice. Students have numerous opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world settings and to everyday life.

Student participation in internships and service-learning courses. Internships in criminal justice, human services, social work, and community contexts provide students with practical experience and career opportunities.

A curriculum that prepares students for the job market and for advanced study. Graduates of the department work in a wide range of employment fields, including human services, social policy agencies, the criminal justice system, healthcare, and business.

A diverse faculty of dedicated teachers, researchers, and practitioners. Faculty work closely with students and encourage student learning through hands-on experience in and out of the classroom.

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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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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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Ashley Hutson
Assistant Professor – Sociology & Criminology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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