Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Faculty of the Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice Department



Our vision is that the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Towson University will be a department that:

  • Educates and empowers students to become informed, effective, and responsible citizens who embrace diversity in their communities, society, and the world.

  • Offers strong undergraduate major programs and exposes majors to the breadth and richness of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice.

  • Contributes essential learning opportunities in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice to students across the university through general education.

  • Teaches students in innovative, exciting, and effective ways and provides them with independent study, honors, and capstone experiences that deepen learning.

  • Provides students with important opportunities for civic engagement through independent research, internships, and service learning.

  • Provides students with advising that guides their academic progress towards timely graduation and that helps them formulate relevant career goals and choices.

  • Works closely with students in collaborative research and projects that serve the campus, students, and the community.

  • Enables students to use the knowledge and methodologies of their disciplines for conceptual thinking, critical analysis, oral and written communication, and the application of appropriate information technologies.

  • Participates in multidisciplinary relationships and programs and pursues new multidisciplinary curricular initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Develops and maintains strong associations with potential employers of our students through internships and other partnerships.

  • Recruits and retains outstanding faculty who achieve distinction as teachers, student advisers, scholars, and agents of community engagement.


Mission Statements


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Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (CRMJ 475), a course developed by Drs. Aseltine and Manasse, brings TU students inside a prison to study criminal justice as equals with incarcerated men and women as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. The experience has challenged students' preconceived notions of crime and justice, cast new light on their own experiences, and radically transformed their worldviews.


  Welcome Drs. Miho Iwata and Joan Antunes, the newest members of the department's faculty!  
  Interested in an internship in Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice?  If so, contact internship coordinators Robert Wall (Anth), Stephen Erik Hartmark (Soci), or Laura Hahn (Crmj).
  Upcoming CLA Events  


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Looking for the Degree Completion Plan form? Find it here.



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