The mission of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work is to conduct innovative social research and teach skills to empower our students to contribute to a better society. We seek to explore and reveal how society and culture shape human lives, attitudes, and actions. We strive to make our students more effective and valuable as citizens, scholars, and professionals through teaching the skills of social analysis, research, writing, and social action.
Sociology is the scientific study of society and human behavior. We examine how our social structure—that is the organization of our society and factors such as race and gender—operate to influence group behavior and individual choices. Sociologists highlight the importance of problem solving and using reliable data in decision making so our students at Augusta University gain desirable skills including data analyses, statistical reasoning and empathetic understanding. Students can complete a sociology major online or face-to-face or a by taking a combination at Augusta University.
The BA in Criminal Justice teaches core criminal justice concepts and theories that help students to analyze and understand criminal behavior and various structures within the criminal justice system. Students gain skills that help them in their careers including decision making, analytics, research strategies, and interacting with and understanding people. Our faculty are dedicated to student learning and innovative teaching both in the classroom and through community involvement. The Criminal Justice Program also has a long tradition of supporting vibrant student organizations and encouraging student involvement in research.
Social work is a career committed to improving the lives of all people. It can be working with individuals in a variety of settings, or on a broader level to impact increased quality of life for all people through advocacy. Augusta University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in social work that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The distinction of the Augusta University Social Work Program comes in small interactive courses with individual mentoring taught by social workers with considerable practice experience. The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice upon graduation. Coursework also prepares students with the groundwork to pursue and succeed in an MSW graduate program or other graduate or professional program.
A minor in Gerontology helps prepares students for careers working with older adults
or being advocates for the elderly. A minor in gerontology is a an excellent addition
to a degree for anyone who will be helping people as they age including doctors, nurses,
social workers, human service workers, and occupational therapists. As our population
continues to age, the need for educated professionals in gerontology will continue
to grow. Our minor includes courses in sociology, social work, and psychology and
allows/encourages students to do an internship.