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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.

Recent Publications

Kulkarni Reexamines The Socioeconomic Patterning Of Undernutrition and Obesity In India

Dr. Veena 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

The foci of Dr. Rukus’ research are, services in rural county jails and re-entry.  He is currently working on projects with two sheriff's departments that examine mental health services delivery. Their goal is to find more effective ways to provide treatment to those who need it.

Kendig studies alcohol consumption among college bound young adults

Dr. Kendig and her co-authors in the article "College-Going and Trajectories of Drinking from Adolescence into Adulthood" published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior examine the influence of college attendance on teenage and young adult alcohol consumption.

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 Students

Undergraduate Awards


Hyesun Choi


Cori Hufstedler

Outstanding Students

Graduate Awards

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Sasha Burdsal

Meta Schlimpert


Chelsea Hays


John C. Osoinach Scholarship Recipient

Sarai Stubblefield

Dr. Joseph Rukus Memorial Book Award


Summer Morgan-Couch

James Rogers

Dr. Mary Donaghy Sociology Book Award


Jamie Ross

Rachel Tolbert

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 A-State, sponsors many activities for students, such as faculty/student celebrations, the annual research symposium, and various other scholastic activities.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Sanjeev Acharya


Alpha Kappa Delta Website
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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CSG - Newsletter

Fall - 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring - 2017 Newsletter (PDF)