GEORGETOWN, Ky. – A new Department of Sociology course is attracting widespread interest among incoming students at Georgetown College.

Sociology majors and minors will have the opportunity to gain new experiences and work toward a more just society through the Social and Criminal Justice emphasis. It will prepare students for work within the criminal justice system or associated organizations by connecting the professional side of field criminology/criminal justice with a liberal arts sociology education. The end result will be that students will have the option of joining the workforce upon graduation or pursuing an advanced degree.

“We noticed a lot of students were looking for it (a social and criminal justice degree),” said Dr. Sarah Cribbs, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

“We saw this as an opportunity to provide students something they wanted.”

Seven new classes pertaining to the social and criminal justice emphasis are being added under the sociology class options.

Intro to Social and Criminal Justice, Ethics in Social and Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory and Criminal Procedures will be required for a major with this emphasis, while Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance and Social Control and Restorative Justice will be electives. Majors and minors will still be required to take other sociology classes along with the new ones.

Dr. Cribbs says the liberal arts format is what makes the program unique at Georgetown College.

Sociology Department Chair, Dr. Eric Carter, agrees, and points out that it is not just about technical skills, but, rather, about critical thinking and being an involved civilian, which is part of a liberal arts education.

Michael Littrell, a former police officer who is completing his Ph.D. in sociology, will be the primary professor for the new classes.

Said Littrell, “I think it (the emphasis) will be a nice addition to current sociology classes because it focuses primarily on the justice system, not necessarily as a practitioner, but as a practitioner who understands the sociological underpinnings of how these groups work.”

The end result is that students will gain perspectives beyond what happens in law enforcement and correctional facilities.

Interested students should contact the Office of Admission at 502-863-8009 or toll-free 800-788-9985.