College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice Commitments

Our Commitment to Teaching

We want students to find their voice and develop their ability to influence the world we live in.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Arcadia University is distinguished by our outstanding faculty and sense of community. Our professors take an active and genuine interest in you and your progress toward learning and academic success. We are passionate about teaching, however, we rarely lecture. Instead, we employ multiple approaches to learning that open up a variety of avenues as you to master the material and find your connection to ideas and theories. We are proud to say that three of our core faculty have won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University.

Dr. Doreen Loury, 2010 Lindback Award Recipient, presents during Social Justice Week 2016.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We provide a safe environment for all students and all ideas.

Arcadia’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice faculty bring a broad range of perspectives to their work, with earned degrees in sociology, cultural anthropology, and criminal justice, as well as clinical psychology, public health, and African-American studies. The department also contributes to the interdisciplinary minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Pan African Studies.

Moreover, our faculty put gender, race, and sexuality at the forefront of social analysis and course discussions.

As the world becomes increasingly global, it’s more important than ever to understand the different cultures around you and how you can play a meaningful role. At Arcadia, you’ll discover this knowledge and find the true scholar in yourself. 

Our Commitment to Social Justice

We focus on questions of justice and injustice on a personal and societal level.

The broad array of perspectives in courses and extracurricular programming in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice coalesce around a common commitment to social justice. Each year we examine a particular issue in depth during Social Justice Week, when courses across the department and students from across the university come together to discuss the year’s theme from a variety of perspectives. In Spring 2017 the topic will be The School-to-Prison Pipeline. Past topics include Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations, Hate Crimes and Violence Against Women.

We analyze and create programming around current global issues.

When current events demand it, we also take the time to examine the world around us and the history that shapes it. In recent years our faculty and students have organized or participated in forums examining:

More About Our Events

We offer courses centered on Social Justice.

Our commitment to social justice also infuses regular course offerings in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. We have an ongoing relationship with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project (PIP), which works to free actually innocent people and to educate the public on the causes of wrongful convictions. Each year several students receive course credit for research internships on topics important to the PIP under the supervision of department faculty. Current research projects include interviewing exonerees about their lives after being released from prison, and a review of a 1930 conviction and execution of an African American teenage boy.

Several years ago we established Arcadia’s first Inside Out course, which takes place in a Philadelphia County prison. Arcadia students and inmates from the institution study and work together.