Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

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Sociology major, Jared Barnett, was featured in a Fox 2 News segment discussing his contributions to Kresge Library's COVID-Archives.

In June, the Pontiac Oral History Project was awarded a grant to compile oral histories of the COVID-19 crisis, and to transform those stories into a staged performance. The team for this project includes Dr. Graham Cassano and, over the course of the next six months, the team will gather stories of struggle, resistance, and resilience during the age of the pandemic. The stories will become part of will a dramatic piece to be performed by OU students at the Pontiac Little Arts Theatre in April, 2021.

Dr. Burgess-Proctor, who serves as a consultant to WSU's Center for Behavioral Health & Justice, along with two other colleagues, published a report on the experiences of women in Michigan jails. The study examined the demographic makeup of women and tracked their experiences with a variety of support services.

Dr. Maria Paino is working with a team of researchers who were recently awarded a $2.1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) entitled, "Cannabis Legalization: Assessing its Impact on Treatment for Substance Use Disorders."

Dr. Jon Carroll (OU) and Dr.'s April Frake and Brad Peter (Michigan State University) traveled to Malawi, East Africa to use drones in understanding the relationships between irrigation systems, mosquito populations, and malaria rates. The trip was  funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the grant  Precision Agriculture for Smallholder Systems in Africa.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

A unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, the department is home to four major programs: sociology, anthropology, social work, and criminal justice.

The sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice majors lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, while the social work major leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The department offers open minors in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice, as well as a minor in child welfare for social work students. The department also houses three interdisciplinary concentrations open to all majors: archaeology, gerontology, and addiction studies.

Ours is a dynamic and collegial department consisting of sociologists, anthropologists, social workers, and criminologists. Our faculty embrace both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and have solid yet diverse theoretical orientations.