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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
Dr. Stephen Matthews completes 4-year service as NIH Reviewer Dr. Stephen Matthews completes 4-year service as NIH Reviewer
Jul 18, 2016
Twitter Data Powerful Resource For Researchers Twitter Data Powerful Resource For Researchers
Twitter has become a useful social media tool for obtaining and sharing news as it happens, but the data it generates can also be a rich source of information for researchers in a number of different fields, say Penn State researchers. Jul 18, 2016
Social Networks in Prisons Impact Prisoner Health and Re-entry Social Networks in Prisons Impact Prisoner Health and Re-entry
Penn State professor of sociology and criminology Derek Kreager is researching inmate networks to demystify the connections that inmates make in prison in order to help them lead healthier, more positive lives within and outside of the system. Jul 18, 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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