The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology is home to three diverse but complementary disciplines:

  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology


Sociology studies the dynamics of human society through investigation of group structures, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Sociology addresses some of the most challenging issues of our time from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture to the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.

It is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

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Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity and change. It tries to answer such questions as:

  • How do different cultures interact with and influence one another in a global society?
  • How do cultures in the past and present change?
  • What social and cultural circumstances predictably generate similar cultural responses to phenomenon?
  • What is common among all humans, where and how did humans evolve, and how are humans continuing to evolve?

Anthropologists apply the field's methods and accumulated knowledge on cultures (past and present) to help people address important social issues. In the past, many anthropologists studied only non-Western cultures. Today, anthropologists work in all social and global contexts, both rural and urban. Most anthropologists specialize in one or more subfields of anthropology:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology

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Criminology is the study of crime, the causes of crime, the meaning of crime in terms of law, and community reaction to crime, while criminal justice refers to the system used by government to maintain social control, prevent crime, enforce laws and administer justice.

The curriculum offered at EMU is grounded in both theory and the application of crime and crime control, reflecting not only on the interrelationships of multiple disciplines, such as history, law and psychology, but also on the multicultural, international and global relationships of peace and conflict.

Additionally, our program is designed to examine fundamental questions of morality, ethics, human rights and social justice as these pertain to the administration of criminal law.

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