Ranked among the top programs in the nation, Penn State Sociology offers undergraduate students a broad liberal arts education with courses in family, religion, government, and race, class, and gender, among other areas.  The graduate program provides academic rigor with the flexibility to study a wide range of topics, and faculty advisors actively mentor and guide students through their intellectual development.


Penn State Criminology is one of the nation’s top programs in this area. Our undergraduate program promotes an understanding of crime and the criminal justice system and how they are related to human behavior, social environments, and government policy.  The graduate program provides training in theory, methods, statistics, and substantive issues related to criminology, and all students received extensive mentoring from department faculty.

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