Enhance your understanding of society
The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Rider offers degrees in sociology and criminal justice and minors in social work and social justice through civic engagement. Collectively, our programs help you to understand society by studying institutions, social relationships and the structures that influence our daily interactions.
Sociology is often referred to as the “queen” of the social sciences because it encompasses all the components of society – including the relations of society to the individual. It studies the economy, politics, crime, law, media, education, family and how these influence each other. In doing so, it offers its own unique disciplinary perspective on society and social life.
Discover more on the importance of studying sociology.
Build your team
Our dedicated and driven faculty members don’t just hold advanced degrees and professional certifications, they bring their passion for sociology and specialized, real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom.
Put it into practice
Broaden your education with opportunities that allow you to take your classroom knowledge to the next level. You’ll develop skills, gain innovative insight and make connections through our research, internship and other hands-on experiences.
Join the club
Network with professionals, connect with faculty advisors and meet fellow students who share your passion as part of our department’s professional student organizations.
- Alpha Kappa Delta
- Alpha Phi Sigma
- Criminal Justice Club
Where you'll go from here
Rider’s Department of Sociology and Criminology provides excellent training for graduates to build their careers in a variety of fields or to pursue continuing education. Students develop critical and logical thinking, communication, writing and other highly transferable skills. Learn more about where our Broncs go following graduation.
From learners to implementers
Our alumni inspire us every day, and the list keeps getting longer. See the exciting things these Broncs have done with their degrees.