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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.
News
The surprising role sex plays in adolescent friendships The surprising role sex plays in adolescent friendships
Research by Dr. Derek Kreager featured on Today.com. Aug 26, 2015
Turning distraction into engagement Turning distraction into engagement
Sam Richards, senior lecturer of sociology, encourages his students to use their smartphones during class. Aug 26, 2015
Starting Over: Many Katrina victims left New Orleans for good. What can we learn from them? Starting Over: Many Katrina victims left New Orleans for good. What can we learn from them?
Research by Dr. Corina Graif featured in Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article. Aug 18, 2015
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Upcoming Events
Brown Bag Seminar with Jim Raymo
Sep 29, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 302 Pond Lab
4th Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being
Sep 30, 2015 - Oct 01, 2015 — Nittany Lion Inn
Brown Bag Seminar with Dr. Jennifer Glick
Oct 13, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 302 Pond Lab
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