About

Welcome to Penn State’s Department of Sociology and Criminology, one of the nation’s best.

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Eric Baumer

Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology


In the latest rankings, Penn State’s Sociology program placed among the top ten graduate programs in the United States, while our Criminology program and Demography dual-degree program rank among the top five in their respective areas.

We currently have approximately 650 undergraduate majors and over 70 graduate students in sociology and criminology. The mentoring relationships they enjoy with our 50 full-time faculty prepare them for a wide variety of careers. We have over 9,000 alumni worldwide.

Our department has widely recognized strengths in the areas of criminology, demography, family, health, inequality, institutions and culture, and communities and environments. Faculty and students study topics ranging from racial and ethnic health disparities, to the causes of juvenile delinquency and drug use, to family relationships and gender inequality.

Our internationally renowned faculty have penned award-winning books, are leaders in the profession, and their research is frequently highlighted in the national media.

Our Ph.D. students teach at some of the top universities in the nation, including Cornell, UCLA, and Michigan, or have research positions at prestigious institutions, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Facebook.

Our undergraduates build careers in business, public service, non-profit organizations, and the professions. Penn State has one of the largest and strongest alumni networks, reflecting the pride our former students have in their Penn State education and the impact they are having on communities across the country.

Eric Baumer
Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology