Dear Alumni and Friends,

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminology webpage! You have helped make us into one of the best departments in the country. 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.

Our aim is to create a cohesive community of students, faculty, and alumni. There are many ways for you to get involved in the life of the department. You can keep up with current events by following us on and Facebook and Twitter.

We also are always interested in hearing from you about how sociology or criminology made a difference in your life, and how they have shaped your career path. Please consider completing this brief online survey—it only takes a few minutes. The last question on the survey lets us know whether you would like to stay on the list of alumni to receive an annual letter from the Department and news about recent changes, upcoming events, and other Department and College activities.

As well as your involvement, we also need your support. We are committed to maintaining our position as a national leader in sociology and criminology. Your donation will help our top undergraduate and graduate students reach their educational and career goals.

If you have an idea to further our goal of increased communication and connection, please share it with us. Please call or or Stacey Martilotta, Departmental Strategic Planner, at (814) 863-4907 or We are open to your ideas and creativity!

I invite you to explore the website and to stay in touch.

Best wishes,

Eric Baumer

Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology