Professor Shih, Chairperson
Professors Abraham, Mangino, Niedt, Satler, Silver
Associate Professors Gurevich
The Sociology Department provides its majors, minors, and other students with a rigorous and intellectually grounded understanding of the social world. Our program is rooted in sociological theory and the scientific method, and it fosters the development of analytical skills that allow for the practice and evaluation of social research. The Department is committed to using these tools to understand and address social problems and inequalities in global, institutional, and interpersonal social contexts. Students are also encouraged to explore their own position in and relationship to society. The skills and knowledge developed in the study of sociology are applicable to a broad range of settings including the public and private sectors, and especially, in the pursuit of advanced academic and professional degrees.
Alpha Kappa Delta: a national sociology honor society, see Honors .
Associate Professor Gurevich, Director
Criminology is an exciting, multidisciplinary field that studies the creation, causes, and consequences of crime, as well as the institutions designed to address it. Hofstra’s Criminology Program offers an undergraduate major and minor, and it is structured to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts education that draws from a variety of disciplines, including forensics, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Hofstra’s Criminology curriculum centers on rigorous analytic and methodological skills that are rooted in the social scientific method. Our approach leads to a critical understanding of crime, its social and psychological context, and its relation to other social institutions, including but not limited to the criminal justice system.
Students with a criminology degree are prepared to begin careers in law, government, and nongovernmental agencies that deal with diverse issues in criminal justice, such as mass incarceration, rehabilitation and re-entry, firearms policy, human rights, community empowerment, and equitable and restorative justice. The program is also a superior foundation for graduate studies in numerous related fields.