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“The Department of Sociology & Criminology supports the following statement from the UNCW Indigeneity Project:”

Dear University Community, 


As members of the Indigeneity Project Working Group, we would like to take a moment to speak to the devastating and harmful comments that Rick Santorum made regarding Indigenous peoples and histories. Given our mission to increase visibility to Indigenous peoples and issues, we urge UNCW faculty and staff to consider the impact of such ideas on our students, faculty, staff, community, and UNCW culture. Santorum’s denial of Native American history and culture perpetuates a settler colonial mindset that values colonization and assimilation and erases Native Americans’ lives, histories, culture, and stories. His rhetoric demonstrates – and highlights – that colonization is ongoing, contemporary, and ever present. Colonialization is now. During this time when Native American communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, during this time of heightened cultural attention to racial and social justice, we urge everyone to consider how colonialization impacts our teaching, learning, and pedagogy, and how we can counter such dangerous and inaccurate narratives. Instead, we challenge all of us to acknowledge that Indigenous peoples resist, survive, and thrive despite the ubiquitous weight of ongoing settler colonialism. 



Addie Sayers (ENG),

Symphony Oxendine, Cherokee/Choctaw (EDL),

Menaka Raguparan (SOC/CRM),

Ann Rotchford (SOC/CRM)

UNCW Indigeneity Project Group



Dear criminology and sociology students,

    Unless you’ve been trapped under a rock, you have read or seen the news regarding the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd 11 months ago. The reactions to these verdicts are obviously varied, and have involved projections about the takeaway of this trial’s outcome for criminal justice, racial justice and racial tensions, and the fabric of community and society itself (sui generis). As students of social science, I would encourage you to think about the foundations of your liberal arts education and the classes you have taken, and are currently taking, in your major program, and apply this knowledge in your interactions and conversations with fellow students, professors, friends, family members, the checkout clerk at the store…whomever (and critique that knowledge). But I’d also ask you to observe. To listen. To engage in the kind of empiricism that you have learned in your major. And don’t just listen to those in your immediate circle; seek out others’ views, especially people of color, and listen to them. If that is not safe, or possible, given your current situation with regard to the pandemic, then I would encourage you to jump online and find ways to get involved in efforts that are based in social scientific theory and methods, a regard for justice, and/or efforts to address pernicious social problems such as crime, oppression, poverty, racism, and sexism. In the words of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, after the verdict was delivered, “There is a role for all who dream of a justice that we haven’t yet experienced.” This is your future, and you have an important role in where we go from here.


Thanks for listening and learning,



Mike Maume, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair


Department of Sociology and Criminology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCW. Our department provides a rich learning experience for students interested in the social sciences. We offer a major in Sociology with either a Public Sociology or General Sociology option. We also offer a major in Criminology with the option to choose a Criminology,Criminal Justice or Public Criminology concentration. In addition, we offer minors in both Sociology and Criminology. See our MA program webpage for more information about our Master's in Sociology and Criminology. For important information about majors, including degree requirements, course descriptions, and admissions requirements, go to these links to view the Sociology, Criminology, or Master's Program pages.  
Mike Maume, PhD
The Department Chair

The requirements for a major in Sociology, whether choosing the General or Public Sociology concentration. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the major! Please contact the department coordinators
Dr. Shane Elliott for Sociology and Dr. Justin Smith for Criminology. In The summer months please contact the Chair, Dr. Mike Maume

Our Faculty page has information about all of our faculty members including their areas of research, courses they teach, their personal websites, and course syllabi.

If you are interested in joining the Sociology and Criminology Club or applying for a scholarship, visit Clubs & Scholarships to find out about club meeting schedules, available scholarships, requirements and deadlines

Contact Us 

UNCW Department of Sociology and Criminology
601 S. College Road
Bear Hall 207
Wilmington, NC 28403-5978

Phone:910.962.3420 or 910.962.3432

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