2011-2012 CAPS Students

Criminology and Public Sociology (CAPS) Master's Program

The M.A. in Criminology and Public Sociology is designed for students with a passion for public involvement and a desire to understand the values, assumptions, and social structures within national societies and global systems.

Professional Master's Degree in Criminology and Public Sociology

The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global and technology-driven. Our M.A. program prepares you for the changing job market, providing skills needed to work as a professional social scientist.  

Our innovative program focuses on the skills needed for social science related work, in particular: how to conduct evaluation research; how to write for non-academic audiences; grant-writing workshops; interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities; and extended discussions of the differences between academic culture and the cultures of community and not-for-profit organizations. Students gain real-world experience applying sociological methods and theory to contemporary social problems.

Working with Excellent Faculty

One of the strengths of this pioneering program is the diverse theoretical, methodological, and substantive interests of the graduate faculty. For example, within public sociology, specific strengths include the study of rural and urban poverty, race-gender class inequalities and stratification, social structure and organizational power, globalization, and culture and media. Within criminology, there are specializations in collective and interpersonal violence, substance abuse, victimology, and social/restorative justice. Theoretical-methodological perspectives represented include macro-, micro-and multi-level approaches as well as structural, critical, feminist, and conflict theories.

A 21st Century Degree

M.A. students are able to concentrate in either criminology or public sociology. In either case, graduates of the program will be able to tackle professional tasks that directly or indirectly involve human relationships. We expect our graduates to move on to careers as evaluators, researchers, planners, managers, advisors, program directors, and policy makers. The program also provides a strong foundation for those who seek to pursue the Ph.D. in traditional criminology and sociology programs. Our alumni have gone on to analysts positions in the public and private sector, as well as being accepted into Ph.D. programs at such institutions as University of South Carolina, George Mason University, Utah State University, Old Dominion and Hawaii University.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students work with the faculty to develop an individualized program of study. The program requires the completion of 34 credit hours of graduate level course work and is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study.

Required courses: 16 credit hours of methods, data analysis, theory; criminology or public sociology. Elective courses: 12 credit hours; Thesis or internship: 6 credit hours. Competitive graduate assistantships are available. More information: http://www.uncw.edu/soccrm/masters.html

How to Apply

Apply online at UNCW Graduate School's website to the MA in Criminology and Public Sociology. For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Christina Lanier.


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