Sociology and Criminology

MajorBachelor of Arts
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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 criminology, law, or social work. Allowing you to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Small class sizes and a campus in the midst of the large metropolitan area of Indianapolis provide internship and service learning opportunities, preparing students for graduate or professional school or careers.

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 303 – Political Behavior, Polity and Society
  • SO 311 – Law and Society
  • SO 315 – Film, Media, Society
  • SO 355 – International Crime

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  • Social Work and Social Policy

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.

An emphasis on multicultural and global issues. Our curriculum introduces students to other cultures and societies and prepares them for participation in an increasingly diverse and multicultural world.

Student participation in internships and service-learning courses. Internships in criminal justice, human services, business, and community contexts provide students with practical experience and career opportunities. Service-learning courses promote learning through the active participation of students in the local community.

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 and researchers. Faculty work closely with students and encourage student learning through hands-on experiences in and out of the classroom.

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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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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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Ashley Hutson
Assistant Professor, Sociology
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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