Criminal Justice

Western’s Criminal Justice studies are an emphasis within our Sociology program. When you study Sociology at Western, you are choosing a major that challenges your critical thinking skills. Expect to be interested, and likely, inspired.

Western’s Sociology program boasts a dedicated faculty committed to undergraduate teaching in the classroom. The Sociology faculty is diverse, both in terms of expertise and in their approaches to teaching. This diversity provides students with remarkable, hands-on training across a wide swath of sociology specialties.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

As a Western Sociology major, you'll build a holistic perspective of the social world around you. You'll expand your understanding of social issues and problems, while integrating topics such as religion, crime, race and gender, drugs, social inequality, medicine, and even rock and roll.

You'll also learn analytical skills, and come to understand how sociologists collect data and conduct research.

Beyond the Classroom

The Sociology program sponsors two student-directed organizations, Alpha Kappa Delta and the Sociology Club. These groups sponsor activities, such as movie nights, field trips to prisons and service opportunities, and forums on graduate school, careers in sociology and housing issues in Gunnison.

Students also join an annual undergraduate conference to present their research in a professional, academic setting. Additionally, students have traveled with faculty to professional meetings to present academic papers.

The program also sponsors internships that enable students to work in the local community, applying their training to real-world experiences. Research has shown this makes Western’s Sociology majors more marketable for jobs when they graduate.

After Graduation

Recent graduates of the Sociology program have found careers in law enforcement, within the prison system, with social-service agencies and with large corporations in managerial positions. 

Others have gone on to graduate degrees and professional training programs, and still other graduates have pursued careers in politics and the law.

Next Steps

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Faculty & Staff


Lecturer in Sociology and Politics and Government
B.A., Dartmouth College, Philosophy , Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, Philosophy of Education
Phone: (970) 943-2582
Office Location: Kelley 208
Lecturer of Sociology
B.A., University of Montana, Sociology and Native American Studies, M.A. Colorado State University, Sociology, ABD Colorado State University, Sociology
Phone: 970.943.7126
Office Location: Kelley Hall 223
Professor Sociology, Behavioral & Social Science
BA Augsburg College, MA, PhD University of Arizona
Phone: 970.943.3007
Office Location: Kelly 221
Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology
B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Colorado State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2070
Office Location: Kelley 218
Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., Western Washington University, Sociology, M.A., State University of New York at Albany, Women’s Studies, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, Sociology
Phone: (970) 943-2055
Office Location: Kelly Hall 220
Lecturer in Psychology and Sociology
B.A., University of Northern Colorado, Chemistry, Ph.D., University of Denver, Curriculum and Instruction, M.S. Colorado School of Mines, Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering
Phone: (970) 943-2098
Office Location: Kelley 203
Lecturer of Sociology
B.A., Adams State University, Sociology/Psychology with emphases in Criminology and Social Welfare, M.S. Mankato State University at Mankato, Sociology and Higher Education, ABD. Kansas State University, Criminology and Gender
Phone: 970.943.2059
Office Location: Kelley Hall 213