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Faculty Areas of Specialization

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Area of Specialization course: Sociological Theories of Crime and Deviance

Faculty Active in This Area: Colyer, Corcoran, DeKeseredy, Dilks, Dunaway, Kahle, Manning, Nolan, Scheitle, Stein, Washington, Weiss, Woldoff, Wozniak

o   Crime (hate crime, international issues, local issues, neighborhoods)

o   Law, Legal System, Politics (police, courts, law, punishment)

o   Deviance (violence, suicide, substance abuse)


Inequality, Diversity, and Equity

Area of Specialization course: Systemic Inequalities

Faculty Active in This Area: Bird, Dunaway, DeKeseredy, Dilks, Donaldson, Hirshman, Kahle, Latimer, Nolan, Renfrew, Song, Steele, Washington, Weiss, Woldoff, Woods, Wozniak

o   Gender and Sexuality (gender-based violence, gender and work, LGBTQ youth, status)

o   Race and Ethnicity

o   Poverty and Social Class

o   Urban issues

o   Rural

o   Health

o   Environment

o   Environmental Justice


Social Psychology and Group Processes

Area of Specialization course: – Individual and Society

Faculty Active in This Area: Corcoran, Dilks, Latimer, Nolan, Renfrew, Washington, Woods

o   Social Psychology

o   Group processes

o   Media

o   Social movements


Sociology of Religion

Area of Specialization course: Sociology of Religion

Faculty Active in This Area: Colyer, Corcoran, Scheitle, Stein

o   Atheism and nonreligion

o   Religion and health

o   Religion and science

o   Religious discrimination and victimization

o   Religious worldviews, beliefs, and behaviors

o   Congregational dynamic

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