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A Message from the Department Head Welcome to Penn State’s Department of Sociology & Criminology.
Our Faculty Are Leaders in Their Fields Our faculty have nationally recognized strengths in criminology, demography, family sociology, social inequality, and quantitative methods.
We Rank Among the Best We are a department committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. Rankings by the National Research Council consistently show that our programs are among the top in the nation.
Our Students Receive an Exceptional Education We have over 9,000 alumni working around the world. Currently there are over 750 undergraduate majors in our department.
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Dr. Nancy Landale elected to the Sociological Research Association Dr. Nancy Landale elected to the Sociological Research Association
Jun 28, 2016
Penn State Researchers Analyze Death Penalty Findings Penn State Researchers Analyze Death Penalty Findings
Penn State researchers studying whether racial bias affects the imposition of the death penalty have begun crunching the data, a move signaling the end of a four-year saga of waiting on a state report that has officially halted executions in the state. Jun 27, 2016
Hispanic Youth Underrepresented in Most Recent U.S. Census Hispanic Youth Underrepresented in Most Recent U.S. Census
While comparing the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 Decennial Census and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vintage 2010 Population Estimates, researchers discovered a significant discrepancy in the count of Hispanic youth under the age of five. Yeris Mayol-Garcia, a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Demography Program at Penn State, along with her co-authors, independent researcher William O’Hare, Elizabeth Wildsmith and Alicia Torres, both of Child Trends, produced a report, titled “The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left out of Our Nation's’ Census Count,” that outlines their findings. Jun 24, 2016
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Upcoming Events
2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Population Health Conference
Persistent and Emerging Issues in Population Health Science Sep 19, 2016 - Sep 21, 2016 — Nittany Lion Inn, University Park Campus
Penn State's 24th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues
Topic: Sleep across the Life Course: Family Influences and Impact Oct 24, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016 — Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom, University Park Campus, PA
Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography
Tentative Title: "How are social and environmental experiences during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood associated with health in adulthood?" Nov 11, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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