Sociology and Criminology

Dr.Kimberly Cook
Dr. Kristen DeVall
Dr. Christina Lanier
Poster Presentations
Camille and Hanna Olson
BLM sign at Bear Hall
Jill Waity


MA Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines Due February 15th

  • The final application deadline for admission in the fall semester is July 1st.
  • In order to receive full consideration for any of our departmental funding sources, a completed application (including transcripts, recommendation letters and personal statement) must be received by the Graduate School by February 15th.
  • Students are not admitted to the program in the spring semester.

Application Submissions

Applicants are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • An application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields; at least two must be from academics.
  • A writing sample in the form of a cover letter or statement of interest explaining how the MA in Sociology and Criminology may assist the candidate in meeting her or his personal goals.
  • Students must have a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • Students with a GPA below 3.0 but who have counterbalancing evidence to suggest potential for success may be admitted on a provisional basis, but are not eligible for funding from the department

Students may also take Master’s level classes in our program as non-degree students (special graduate status), which has its own application deadlines and requirements.


Dr. Kimberly Cook Receives American Society of Criminology Lifetime Achievement Award

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. Jean-Anne Sutherland 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

Main office:910.962.3420 or 910.962.3432

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Giving to Sociology and Criminology

We hope that you will join us in support of the UNCW Department of Sociology and Criminology. Your generosity ensures a rich experience for everyone in our department. Please consider a financial gift to the UNCW Sociology and Criminology Department. Annual or one-time gifts designated to the department support student scholarships and hands-on applied learning experiences, like the WHA-UNCW Community Campus, that prepares students for successful internships and post graduate careers. Please visit click here to make a tax-deductible gift to UNCW in support of Sociology and Criminology department.

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