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Criminology, Sociology
& Geography

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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.

Recent Publications

Costello and Ratliff Lead Fight Against Online Extremism

Assistant Professors of Criminology, Dr. Matthew Costello and Dr. Thomas Ratliff, along with graduate student Tyler Grantham helped co-author a paper which was recently published by the peer-reviewed journal Computers in Human Behavior. The article, entitled “Who Views Online Extremism? Individual Attributes Leading to Exposure,” investigated factors associated with exposure to maligning online material. The team discovered about half of negative online material focused on race or ethnicity and African Americans, foreign born, and younger respondents were the least likely to be exposed to this material.

Kulkarni Reexamines The Socioeconomic Patterning Of Undernutrition and Obesity In India

Dr. Veena S Kulkarni and her co-authors in the article ‘Double Burden of Malnutrition’: Reexamining the Coexistence of Undernutrition and Overweight among Women in India, forthcoming in International Journal of Health Services study the co-existence of undernutrition and obesity or what is called as‘double burden of malnutrition’ among women in India. Drawing upon a nationally representative sample, the analysis finds the existence of a socioeconomic patterning of obesity and undernutrition. After adjusting for educational levels and prices of staple food items, less affluent women are more likely to suffer from undernutrition and more affluent women are more likely to be obese. This pattern is opposite to what has been observed for the developed countries.

Rukus Investigates LGBTQ Novel Drug Use

In an upcoming issue of Social Science Quarterly, a paper co-written by assistant professor and graduate director Dr. Joseph Rukus discusses factor correlated with use of novel drugs such as Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids.  Based on a sample of Georgia college students, the article, “LGBT Novel Drug Use Contextualized Through Strain, Control, and Social Learning Theories,” found higher use rates for LGBT students. However, the effect was mediated through the influences of social reinforcement and individual values toward drug use.

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 - Rebecca Grant

Outstanding BA Sociology - Chihiro Sato

Outstanding BA Geography - Donte Barker

Outstanding MA Criminal Justice - Tyler Grantham

Outstanding MA Sociology - Constance Bean

The following students have successfully defended their MA exit projects:

Jordan Jackson

"Racial and Ethnic Makeup of Gangs"

Marbell Martey

"Probation Success Completion Rates: A Comparison of Whites/Caucasians and African Americans"


Tyler Grantham 

"Who Trusts the Government?: An Analysis of Social Bonds, Online Habits, and Socio-Demographics"


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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Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. Members of the society meet regularly to discuss criminal justice issues, conduct criminal justice research, and engage in community service activities. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. 

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