Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

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Be ready to thrive in jobs that haven't been invented yet! Through our multidisciplinary Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice you'll master critical thinking, hone your creativity and practice social responsibility. Learn inside and outside the classroom as you pursue a degree in sociology, social work, or criminal justice — potentially through a combination of all three!

A job waiting for you after college is good.

And that could be as a management consultant, a market research analyst, or even a survey researcher. Who doesn't like polls?

Make a difference as a child and family therapist, working in corporate social responsibility, or how about as a policy analyst. Your career goals could even land as a federal marshal, a forensics analyst, even in corrections or probation. It's up to you!

Your pick of jobs is the Bloomsburg difference.

With that, we're seeing a path into practicing law, working in many areas of health care and even analyzing the economy in your future. Let's begin!

Criminal justice graduates displayed pride at their new jobs with the Ocean City Police Department

Let’s begin your preparation for a career in the criminal justice and legal systems, or possibly a path to graduate or law school. Through a career-focused curriculum, you'll learn the history and philosophy of the legal and criminal justice systems, while exploring the latest trends in law and society with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, culture and gender. You won’t just be ready. You’ll be ahead of the game.

Social work majors help senior citizens learn to use Microsoft programs

Take your first step toward generalist social work practice with a liberal arts foundation and a focus on critical thinking. You'll have a plethora of opportunities to gain social work knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to work with client systems of all types and sizes. An emphasis will be placed on an appreciation for human diversity and a strong commitment to social and economic justice.

Sociology majors collect data for local parking study

Envision yourself exploring a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative ("scientific") methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. Here, you'll begin to understand the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior. So let's take a look at various substantive areas in sociology, as well as take on ample opportunities to explore personal interests.

Explore BU's two-year program for people who've earned bachelor’s degrees, not limited to just social work. Anyone interested in a career in social work can - and should - apply.

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Sociology students help canvass Berwick for a community research project

Center for Community Research and Consulting

Through our Center for Community Research and Consulting students get the opportunity to assist on various research projects that focus on the community, allowing them to have a hands-on approach to improving the community while utilizing skills that have been learned in the classroom. Students also take part in various research projects geared toward improving the surrounding communities and are involved in various forms of data collection and produce useful materials for communities and organizations.

Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert “Bob” Moschgat, who passed away unexpectedly July 25, 2020, was a fixture in our criminal justice program for seven years. He was often the first professor criminal justice students interacted with, as he regularly taught Introduction to Criminal Justice. Bob will be forever remembered for his deep devotion to his students, academic expertise, and effervescent personality. Bob had a way of making students feel comfortable and important, while encouraging them to achieve academic success. Because his unwavering, passionate support for students led to so many of them citing his influence on their experience at BU, the annual award given to the top graduating criminal justice student each spring will be known as the Dr. Robert Moschgat Award.

Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice Contacts

Christopher Podeschi

Christopher Podeschi, Ph.D.

  • Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, and Criminal Justice, Associate Professor of Sociology
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Gwen Barnes

  • Secretary for the Department of Anthropology, Criminal Justice, & Sociology