Sociology and Criminology

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The UNCW Department of Sociology and Criminology stands in solidarity with communities of color and the fight against racial injustice and police brutality.

We stand in solidarity with those protesting the most recent incidents of police racism in the United States, of which George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are only the latest victims. We stand with our Black students and colleagues, and condemn the senseless violence and injustices affecting the Black community across the world.

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. Daniel Buffington for Sociology and Dr. Shannon Santana 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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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 for several ways to make a tax-deductible gift to UNCW in support of Sociology and Criminology department.

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