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Criminology, Sociology
& Geography

Students walking on the ASU campus

The Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography (CSG) is a dynamic multidisciplinary department. CSG utilizes interdisciplinary and applied approaches to address and examine many of today's social concerns. Crime and violence, poverty and welfare, social injustice, and environmental degradation represent some of the department's academic and scholarly pursuits. The erosion of natural resources and rampant demographic change are also strenuously investigated.

Participation in a global community

CSG educates students by offering diverse perspectives and knowledge tools that enhance analytical and critical thinking skills. CSG enriches the lives of students, faculty, and the community by educating students for careers in criminology and criminal justice, politics and civic service, and education and the health professions. We prepare students for participation in a global community.

Kulkarni Examines Children's Nutrition in India

A paper by Dr. Veena S. Kulkarni, associate professor and director of graduate studies in sociology, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, World Development. The article, "Women's Empowerment and Prevalence of Stunted and Underweight Children in Rural India," investigates whether a mother's empowerment, as measured by educational attainment relative to the father's, prevalence of domestic violence, and autonomy with respect to mobility outside the home, is related to children's nutritional status.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best education possible for students by expanding their intellectual understanding of the world, developing their critical reasoning and communication skills, laying a foundation for understanding the scientific method and encouraging relevant career paths after graduation.



Outstanding BA Criminology - Hannah Stults

Outstanding BA Sociology - Monica Campbell

Outstanding BA Geography - Mikayla Ryan

Outstanding MA Criminal Justice - Lori Hall

Outstanding MA Sociology - Brooke Vavricka & Kimberly McCarty

The following student successfully defended her MS in Criminal Justice:

Lori Hall

"Correctional Education and Recidivism; Toward a Tool for Reduction"

The following students successfully defended their MA in Sociology theses:

Tiffany Campos

"Giving Voice to Those Who Use a Machine to Speak: The Phenomenological Study of Augmentative and  Alternative Communication Devices"

Maha Nahshal 

"The Ways Women in Saudi Arabia Define Domestic Violence"

Brooke Vavricka

"Who's Responsible? Personal Beliefs on Environmental Protection"

Eric Williams

"What Have You Done For Me Lately?: An Examination of Youth Political Efficacy and Political Cynicism"

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is the international honor society for Sociology. Alpha Kappa Delta focuses on scholarship, fellowship and leadership.

The Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, here at ASU, sponsors many activities for students, such as  faculty/student celebrations, the annual research symposium, and various other scholastic activities.

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